Vets can earn Homeland Security Certificate from Purdue Agriculture Online

March 3, 2006

Practicing veterinarians who may be involved in emergency response can now earn a graduate certificate from a distance-learning program in Veterinary Homeland Security at Purdue University.

The program is a cooperative effort among the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, the Purdue University Homeland Security Institute, the Indiana Board of Animal Health and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

"By providing quality training for existing veterinary professionals that is accessible remotely, we hope to address the current shortage of veterinarians to serve our nation's needs in public health, regulatory medicine and medicine for livestock," said Sandra Amass, associate professor in veterinary clinical sciences.

Participants will study natural and intentional threats to animal health, preventing animal heath emergencies, and problem-solving as part of an emergency response team. Elective courses such as crime scene management will allow the veterinarians to develop specialties.

Classes will begin in May, and registration is now open. For more information, call 765/494-9793 or visit:  


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