Zoonoses: Protecting People and Animals in Rural Communities

Zoonoses: Protecting People and Animals in Rural Communities


  • This course addresses zoonotic diseases of agricultural animals – cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, equids, and poultry – with a focus on prevention measures to protect human and animal health.
  • 5 hours RACE® CE
  • Course access until December 30, 2023. Registration currently closed. It will reopen some time in 2024.


Registration closed


Zoonotic diseases are an important health risk and concern for rural communities, and can have profound impacts on human health, animal health, food safety, public health, and producer livelihood. The Zoonoses: Protecting People and Animal in Rural Communities course is a self-paced, web-based course for animal health, human health, or public health professionals or students, or individuals interested in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. This course overviews the occurrence and impact of zoonotic diseases of agricultural animals, with an emphasis on prevention measures to reduce health risks for people and animals. Many simple prevention measures and changes in behavior can be protective against a variety of zoonoses. The course includes lessons, scenarios, and online resources to help communicate and promote zoonotic disease prevention strategies.

Course Details

Course Content

This course consists of 4 web-based lessons. Each lesson is a series of short video lectures. Audio (podcast) versions and a PDF of the lesson slides and video transcript are also available.

  1. Zoonoses in Rural Communities
  2. Zoonotic Disease Exposures in Rural Communities
  3. Preventing Zoonoses in Rural Communities
  4. Communicating About Zoonoses

Diseases discussed include cryptosporidiosis, salmonellosis, swine influenza, Q fever, rabies, and many more.


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 your. Work at your own pace, take breaks as needed.

Each lesson takes approximately 60 minutes and has a short quiz that must be completed to earn CE credit.

CE Credit

The course has been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) for 5 hours of continuing education (non-interactive on-line; veterinarians or veterinary technicians).

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.

Development of this course was made possible through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).


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Additional information

Target Audience

This course is open to any animal health, human health, or public health professional or student, or anyone interested in the prevention of zoonotic diseases.

Course Access Period

August-December 2023.

Course Instructor

Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM