Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety


microscopeThe Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety course of study is a fully on-line Certificate of Training that provides the course work, direction and work experience necessary to prepare students for employment in the exciting field of veterinary public health and food safety. Students learn the concepts of veterinary public health and infectious disease control, procedures for monitoring Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) evaluation, food sanitation, and zoonotic disease control principles in keeping with the ‘One Health’ initiative. Specially trained veterinary technicians are able to successfully work within the existing structure of the state and federal governments to facilitate early disease recognition, expedite a response to an outbreak and work with local animal owners to decrease both human and animal morbidity and mortality.

An educational pathway in veterinary public health for credentialed veterinary technicians provides a new source of individuals trained to work collaboratively between human and animal health in a preventative rather than reactive function. Public health education features the kind of integrative learning which draws on diverse perspectives and combines student-directed problem solving and experiential community based work.

Students will learn via the Internet, on-line discussion groups, videotaped presentations and textbooks. This convenient distance learning program is ideal for the working professional and allows for more flexibility than a traditional college curriculum. It is designed to allow students to complete the Certification or Training in just one year.

The cost for any of our certificate programs is the current cost of tuition at a California Community College. The cost for textbooks is variable, depending upon the class(es) taken; many books may be rented or purchased used. The length of time needed to complete the certificate will depend upon how many courses the student takes each semester. All certificates can be completed in one calendar year. More information on the certificates as well as employment data can be found here: Earning Potential.

For questions or enrollment information please contact Certificate Coordinator: 

Bonnie Loghry, MPH, CPH, RVT
Request for Certificate (to be emailed to Certificate Coordinator once all courses have been successfully completed)

Certificate of Training


Required Core Courses Units
VETT 5 series Internship** (see below for course prerequisite) 2
VETT 6 Veterinary Workplace Safety 3
VETT 12 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Math 2
VETT 18 Food Safety and Security 3
VETT 54 Public Health and Infectious Disease 3
VETT 55 Veterinary Medical Terminology 3
VETT 57 Animals and Society 3
Total units required for certificate 19

*Additional: VETT5 internship site must be approved by certificate coordinator to satisfy public health requirements

**Vett 91 is the prerequisite for this course and must be completed prior to enrolling in any of the Vett 5 courses

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