Course Has Closed

This course is closed effective Oct 30, 2020.


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.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-35307.

VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Content 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.


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


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.


Participant Feedback

... It was most beneficial for me to learn the risk of exposure to humans so that I can better inform my clients.

...detailed discussion of tick borne diseases were great. Having additional knowledge about the diseases we treat, is helpful...

...Information on transmission vectors between animals and people...

...excellent review that I can immediately put into practice at work...

...Clear and concise presentation of the material and the ability to take the exam after each segment, rather than one big exam following a lot of information.

...Visual multimedia (charts, maps, interactive diagrams)...

...Current therapies for infestations - they've changed since I graduated!...

...Heartworm disease (Dirofilaria immitus from Module 4) gave me more knowledge about this parasite in cats that I didn't know before or was under taught when I was in the Vet Tech program Associate degree.

...good reminder of where the bubonic plague and pneumonic plague came from. It also allows me to remind my clients even more why prevention all year around is key!..

...Very interesting course - information was immediately applicable and relateable. I liked that each part was set up similarly, so I knew what information to expect while organizing my notes.

...I liked the step by step of transmission,inoculation,and treatment of each disease.

...I enjoyed the tick and flea transmitted disease section. Its something I didn't quite understand but this course went into understandable depth.


Upcoming Sessions



Price: FREE

This course is closing. The last day to enroll is October 31, 2020. All completion requirements must be submitted no later than December 31, 2020.