VSPN TECH341-2021: Zoonotic Diseases

This course is a self-paced, non-interactive course.

Presenter: Melissa Evans, LVT, VTS(ECC)
Course Open: January 2, 2021-December 31, 2021
Total CE Credit: 3.5
RACE Category: 3.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Common bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic zoonoses encountered by the veterinary professional will be covered. Clinical presentation in both animals and humans will be reviewed. Treatment and tests for these diseases will also be discussed. Prevention of transmission and protection of veterinary staff and clients will be explored.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Define zoonoses and their importance in One Health.
  • Examine how zoonotic diseases are transmitted.
  • Describe the most effective ways to prevent transmission of zoonotic diseases.
  • Discuss how to keep staff in the veterinary clinic safe from zoonoses.
  • Identify common bacterial zoonoses.
  • Define how bacterial zoonoses are most commonly transmitted.
  • Review signs and symptoms related to bacterial zoonoses.
  • Discuss common treatment for bacterial zoonotic diseases.
  • Identify viral zoonoses commonly seen in practice.
  • Illustrate the difference between an outbreak, endemic and pandemic.
  • Define how viral zoonoses are most commonly transmitted.
  • Examine the role of vectors in the spread of viral zoonotic disease.
  • Identify signs and symptoms related to viral zoonoses.
  • Discuss common treatment for viral zoonotic diseases.
  • Explain how fungal zoonoses are commonly transmitted
  • Describe how parasitic zoonoses are commonly transmitted
  • Identify the difference between protozoa, cestodes and nematodes
  • Examine laboratory tests for parasites
  • Discuss common treatment for fungal and parasitic zoonotic diseases
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE non-interactive course will examine zoonotic diseases often seen by veterinary staff. . VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff. This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists.(20-764539)

Course Agenda:

Segment 1: What are Zoonoses?
The first section in this course will review the definition of zoonotic disease and explain how these diseases are transmitted. We will also examine how to prevent transmission and the most effective ways to keep staff safe from infection.

Segment 2: Bacterial Zoonoses?
This section will review common bacterial zoonotic diseases and their treatment. This will include Leptospirosis, Brucellosis, Salmonella, Listeriosis and Bartonella Henselea

Segment 3: Viral Zoonoses
This section will review common viral zoonotic disease and their treatment. These will include Rabies, West Nile Virus, H1N1, Cornoaviruses and Ebola.

Segment 4: Fungal and Parasitic Zoonoses
This section will review common fungal and parasitic zoonoses and their treatment. These will include Giardia, Toxoplasmosis, Babesiosis, Lesmaniasis, Ringworm and Toxocara.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

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Tuition: $74
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on December 1, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to starting the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357