Course Overview

Zoonosis refers to diseases that can be passed from animals, whether wild or domesticated, to humans. These Zoonotic diseases can be caused by protozoa, parasitic worms, or transmitted by vectors in the form of fleas and ticks. This course will provide the veterinary team with basic information regarding the infection potential for the most common Zoonotic diseases of dogs and cats.
Each of the 14 zoonotic diseases discussed in this course will contain a general overview leading into more specific details on how the disease can be transmitted to you or a client. Medical importance, signs of infection, and treatment information will round out the content for each infection.

PLEASE NOTE: This course contains flash based Articulate presentations. iPhones and iPads are not natively flash compatible but if a flash compatible browser has been installed on the iPad the presentations will play correctly. This link Flash on iPads provides information on flash compatible browsers. The presentations may also be viewed on a Mac.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 5 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, 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.

This is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-10911.


Participation Access Parameters

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants login at times convenient to personal schedules.

This course provides open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time and are instantly added to the course and sent the course welcome email. After reading the information provided in the welcome email, students may begin the course.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, participants who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.


Course Content

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Bartonella henselae
  • Rickettsia typhi
  • Yersinia pestis
  • Anaplasma
  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Ehrlichia
  • Rickettsia rickettsii
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Toxoplasma
  • Baylisascaris procyonis
  • Dirofilaria immitus
  • Ancylostoma spp.
  • Toxocara spp.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for all members of the veterinary practice team although it does contain information and terminology that may be unfamiliar to those not veterinary technicians or veterinarians.

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss the lifecycles of protozoa, roundworm, hookworm, heartworm and the zoonotic diseases acquired from fleas and ticks
  • Recognize the potential for acquiring a zoonotic disease from patients
  • Relate to a client the possibility of obtaining a zoonotic disease from their pet
  • Emphasize the practice of good hygiene to deter parasitic zoonotic infections
  • Educate other team members and clients on the importance of year-round parasite preventative for pets



...I learn more about the subject, it was interesting all the time and make me more interested in the subject.

...I liked learning more about how long roundworms are living in the ground.

...I liked Being able to attempt examinations several times.

...The convenience of being on line.

...Loved the videos along with reading the material really set in.

...Great powerpoint style presentation that was easy to follow and navigate.

...The graphic presentation was awesome.

...the break down of each parasite was very helpful.


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must pass the examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

Completed students will have access to their documenting certificate online.


Course Authors

Dr. D. Bowman Dr. Bowman earned his MS and PhD in parasitology from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, and completed post-doctorate work on ocular larva migrans at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine. He has published over 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of five textbooks, including Feline Clinical Parasitology and Georgi's Parasitology for Veterinarians.

Dr. A. Lucio-Forster Dr. Lucio-Forster earned her PhD in microbiology from Cornell University where she studied zoonotic waterborne and soil-transmitted parasites. She is currently a Teaching Support Specialist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology where she spends most of her time instructing veterinary students in diagnostic parasitology during their clinical years.



Price: FREE

Students who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete.



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