The Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Accreditation Program and Iowa State University are now offering NVAP training modules not only to USDA-accredited veterinarians and those who want to become accredited but also to all licensed veterinarians and to veterinary technicians.
USDA-accredited veterinarians who complete the modules will earn credit for accreditation renewal. All veterinarians and veterinary technicians can earn no-cost continuing education credits approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' Registry of Approved Continuing Education after completing a seven-question quiz with at least five correct answers.
By expanding the number of veterinary professionals who complete these training modules, the USDA hopes to better prevent the spread of foreign animal diseases, zoonotic diseases, and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. Twenty modules are currently available.
The modules are also open to the general public. Dr. Tim Cordes, senior staff veterinarian with the NVAP, said, "Many of our modules on veterinary feed directives, aquaculture, and use of antibiotics in animals attract producers, agriculturalists, and researchers."