Organic and alternative livestock production is a growing agricultural system. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, extension personnel, and other animal health professionals have a role to play on these operations yet receive little to no formal training. Having more animal health professionals familiar with the rules, regulations, practices, and philosophies under which these producers operate is much needed and long overdue.
This introductory course is a broad overview of organic and alternative livestock production and the role of animal health/animal management professionals working with these farmers and ranchers. You will be introduced to organic and alternative agriculture – its roots, economics, and the benefits of this evolving system. You will learn why these farmers and ranchers work and believe in these systems. Organic certification rules and regulations will be explored, along with the different treatment options used on these farms. Practice management and communication tools to engage with and incorporate these new clients into your practice will also be explored.
The course is completely web-based and self-study. You do not need to be online at any specific time. Access the materials whenever it is convenient for you, work at your own pace.
- 6-month access
- Must complete the post-course evaluation and post-course quiz with a score of at least 70% to earn CE credit.
Katie Steneroden, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM
Lead Public Health Veterinarian
Center for Food Security and Public Health
The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) has approved the course. The course is approved for 1 CE.
Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE® program if you have any comments/concerns regarding the validity or relevancy of this course to the veterinary profession.
The Overview of Organic and Alternative Animal Health course is funded by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP).