Practicing veterinarians who may be involved in emergency 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 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:

* Enhance understanding of natural and intentional threats to animal health.

* Strengthen skills to prevent animal-health emergencies.

* Develop problem-solving expertise to become effective members of an animal emergency response team.

Elective courses such as crime scene management will allow the veterinarians to develop a specialty in a specific area of Veterinary Homeland Security.

Classes will begin in May 2006, and registration is now open. For information, go to or call (765) 494-9793.

You also can check out the Homeland Security Institute at or the

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Purdue Homeland Security Institute