Online course offered in October on zoonotic disease

Course offered at $125 for registration prior to October 18

Recent outbreaks of plague, tularemia and increasing incidents of rabies exposure highlight the importance of zoonotic disease education for physicians and public health professionals.

Prevention and response efforts will require a One Health approach. The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine will offer a web-based course, Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets, October 19 – November 27, 2015.

This course provides an excellent opportunity for medical, public health and veterinary professionals and students to refresh and gain knowledge of key zoonotic diseases of companion animals. The course is web-based and includes lessons, case studies, a discussion board, and online resources to assist course participants in educating clients about zoonotic disease prevention.

Dr. Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, course instructor, Assistant Director, CFSPH emphasizes that:

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

The course is supported by the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. CEEZAD support enables users to take the $250 course at a cost of $125. Participants also receive a copy of the course textbook (a $70 value).

To find out more and to register, visit http://zoonoses.info.

About the Center for Food Security and Public Health

The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) is nationally and internationally recognized for providing educational materials and animal disease information. The CFSPH was established in 2002 through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase national and international preparedness for accidental or intentional introduction of diseases that threaten food production or public health. The CFSPH website (www.cfsph.iastate.edu) is the Number One result on Google searches for “animal disease information,” with more than 450,000 visits annually.

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