Zoonoses Course: Protecting People and their Pets

Zoonoses Course: Protecting People and their Pets


The Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets web-based course provides any animal health, human health, public health professional or student, or individual interested in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. Information on zoonotic diseases of companion animals, including high risk groups, such as children and immunocompromised individuals, as well as shared risks of pets and people is covered. The course emphasizes the necessary prevention measures for animal and human health. The course includes lessons, case studies, and online resources to assist in conveying zoonotic disease prevention measures to clients. The course is available year round and has been approved for 10 hours of veterinary continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.


Companion animals play an important role in the lives of people. Partnerships between human, veterinary and public health professionals are needed to raise awareness, enhance detection, and promote prevention of zoonotic diseases to protect the health of humans and pets.

The course overviews the etiology and epidemiology of a wide variety of companion animal zoonotic diseases. Preventive measures to reduce health risks from these diseases for people and their pets is a principal focus of the course.

Course Details

Course Content

This course consists of 7 web-based lessons:

  1. Overview of Companion Animal Zoonoses
  2. The Human-Animal Bond
  3. Animal Bites, Scratches and Disease Transmission
  4. Companion Animal Zoonoses and Immunocompromised Individuals
  5. Companion Animal Zoonoses and Children
  6. Environmental Zoonoses: Shared Environments, Shared Risks
  7. Principles of Treatment and Prevention for Zoonotic Diseases

Diseases included are rabies, cat scratch disease, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonellosis, toxocariasis and larva migrans, psittacosis, and many more.


The course is completely web-based. You do not need to be online at any specifice 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 to complete and includes a corresponding study guide and quiz.

CE Credit

The course has been been approved by AAVSB RACE for 10 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 in part through funding from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

Additional information


Textbook included for no additional charge

Target Audience

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

Course Access Period

You will have 90 days to access and complete the course.

Course Instructor

Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM

Quantity Products

Please contact the CFSPH for quantity discounts.