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

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 can be accessed 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,” says Sandy Amass, associate professor in veterinary clinical sciences at Purdue.

Participants will:

  • Enhance their understanding of natural and intentional threats to animal health.
  • Strengthen skills to prevent animal-health emergencies.
  • Develop problem-solving expertise to serve as members of  animal-emergency response teams.

  Elective courses such as crime-scene management will allow the veterinarians to further develop a specialty area. Classes will begin in May, and registration is now open.

For information, go to the Web site www.biosecuritycenter.org/article,php?vetHomelandProgram

or call (765) 494-9793.

You also can check out the Homeland Security Institute at www.biosecuritycenter/org/articlephp?vetHomelandProgram or Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine at www.vet.purdue.edu/.