Purdue University Graduate Certificate Program in Veterinary Homeland Security
Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine presents a Graduate Certificate Program in Veterinary Homeland Security. APHIS has declared the curriculum in compliance with National Animal Health Emergency Management System (NAHEMS) Guidelines. The Veterinary Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of individuals involved in animal emergency response. Individuals actively involved with emergency response teams relating to veterinary medicine, public health or homeland security are encouraged to participate.
The underlying fundamentals of responding to animal health emergencies, whether intentional or natural events, will be covered in required courses. Elective courses will allow participants to develop a specialty in a specific area of Veterinary Homeland Security. In this way, the program of study can be tailored to meet individual needs.
The program is a cooperative effort among the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Indiana Board of Animal Health, the Indiana State Police, and many others. Currently, there is a significant shortage of veterinarians to serve our nation's future needs in public health, regulatory medicine and food animal medicine. The provision of remotely accessible, quality training for existing veterinary professionals and other qualified individuals by this program would provide an immediate means of addressing the current shortage.
Specifically, participants would:
- Enhance understanding of natural and intentional threats to animal health;
- Strengthen skills to prevent animal health emergencies;
- Develop problem solving expertise to be an effective member of an animal emergency response team.
For a listing of currently offered courses please see: Current Course Offerings
Courses will be delivered by distance learning. Students can access course material on the National Biosecurity Resource Center website, or by CD-Rom with permission.
An average grade of B or higher overall is required. If the student receives a lower grade in a course, he/she may repeat it once, or, for elective courses only, substitute another approved elective. The repetition or replacement will be allowed for a maximum of one course.
A total of 9 credit hours is required to complete the program.
All courses are 1.0 credit unless noted.
* 0.5 Credit Course
† 1.5 Credit Course
Required (4.5 Credits)
- VCS 640: Introduction to Veterinary Homeland Security
- VCS 647: High Consequence Disease Review: Zoonotic
- * VCS 648: Defining the Threat
- * VCS 649: Understanding the Response
- VCS 651: Biosecurity for Veterinary Responders
- * VCS 653: The Veterinarian's Role in Community Planning
- VCS 642: High Consequence Disease Review: Bovine
- VCS 643: High Consequence Disease Review: Equine
- * VCS 644: High Consequence Disease Review: Swine
- VCS 645: High Consequence Disease Review: Minor Species
- † VCS 646: High Consequence Disease Review: Avian
- VCS 654: Food Borne Illness
- VCS 657: Crime Scene Management
- * VCS 659: Business Continuity Management
You can begin the application process by going online to:
- Follow the "Apply Now" button on the right side
- Next, follow the "Create An Account" button on the right side
- Fill out all requested information
- Campus: West Lafayette (Main Campus)
- Program of Interest/Graduate Major: Veterinary Clinical Sciences
- Degree Objective: Graduate Certificate
The following materials must be submitted to the program at the address listed below.
- The applicant licensed veterinarian must have a D.V.M. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution in the USA, or a recognized foreign institution.
- One signed and sealed letter of reference to be sent separately to the Veterinary Homeland Security Certificate Program.
- The applicant non-licensed veterinarian or non-veterinarian must submit proof (transcript) of a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area (including but not limited to medical science, animal science, biology, public health) with a Graduation Index (or GPA) of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution in the USA, or a duly recognized foreign institution.
- A curriculum vita (resume)
- Two signed and sealed letter of references to be sent separately to the Veterinary Homeland Security Certificate Program.
- For international students whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 77 (with required Graduate School minimums on the four sub-tests) is also required.
All materials should be sent to:
Veterinary Homeland Security
VCS/LYNN Room 1352
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2026
January 7th, 2014 - Spring semester begins, registration deadline
What are additional fees for the courses?
Fees for the Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 sessions are:
Indiana residents: $347.85 per one credit course,
Non-Indiana residents: $512.38 per one credit course.
Each one credit course will cover 15 hours of continuing education credit.
What is the structure/layout of the courses?
Lectures are administered online and will be available 24 hours a day.
Each lecture will be available in video, audio, and transcript forms.
How are exams administered?
Exams are available online or on paper. Each exam is to be administered according to the university proctoring guidelines. The proctor must meet the guidelines below and must be selected from the categories listed. The proctor my not be related in any way to the student, may not live in the same residence, and may not be a close friend or neighbor.
PROCTOR MUST MEET THESE GUIDELINES:
- Hold a professional position or responsible supervisory position of employment
- Have at least one college degree
- Be willing to sign a certificate of compliance
- Military testing, training, or education officer
- Military commander or two ranks above student
- Community or area Learning Center staff
- Training/testing agency staff
- College/school/institute education staff, including Cooperative Extension staff
- Human Resources staff
- Workplace supervisor at least two levels above student
- Library staff
- Ordained clergy
- Law enforcement training or education office
- Correctional institution educational or administration officer
Additional program guidelines can be found here.
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