Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets

Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets


  • This course addresses zoonotic diseases of companion animals – dogs, cats, pocket pets, pet birds, reptiles and amphibians, and fish – with a focus on prevention measures to protect human and animal health.
  • 10 hours RACE CE.
  • Course Dates: You will have 90 days to access and complete the course. You can start immediately after registration. Access details are included on your receipt.



Companion animals play an important role in the lives of people. The Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets course, is a self-paced, web-based course for any animal health, human health, public health professional or student, or individual interested in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. Information on the etiology and epidemiology of zoonotic diseases of companion animals and prevention measures needed to protect human and animal health are discussed. Content addresses high risk groups, such as children and immunocompromised individuals, as well as shared disease risks for pets and people. The course includes lessons, case studies, and online resources to assist in communicating zoonotic disease prevention measures with clients. 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 specific time. Access the materials whenever it is convenient for you. 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 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.


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