Get certified in infectious disease management

A program co-sponsored by Merck Animal Health aims to teach veterinary professionals the right way to clean and disinfect hospitals.

Get certified in infectious disease management

Merck Animal Health is partnering with Clorox Healthcare to launch the Heroes for Healthy Pets infectious disease management certification program.

Veterinary professionals can earn two hours of RACE-approved continuing education credit as they learn about cleaning and disinfecting protocols designed to stop the spread of infectious diseases inside clinics and pet businesses.

The program consists of two free modules: “Understanding Infectious Diseases,” taught by Jason Stull, VMD, MPVM, Ph.D., DACVPM, and Michelle Evason, DVM, DACVIM, and “Effective Infectious Disease Control,” led by Melissa Bourgeois, DVM, Ph.D., DACVM.

“Dogs that are social or visit pet facilities, such as doggie day cares and boarding kennels, are at higher risk for infectious diseases such as canine influenza,” said program supporter Ernie Ward, DVM, a Today’s Veterinary Business editorial advisory board member. “Fortunately, through better understanding of infectious diseases and preventative care, including effective vaccination and cleaning and disinfecting protocols, we can help keep pets healthy when they enjoy travel and play.”

The program is hosted at by VetFolio, an educational platform operated by the North American Veterinary Community and the American Animal Hospital Association. The NAVC is publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business.

Also supporting the effort are the International Boarding and Pet Services Association, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Pet Sitters International, VETgirl and Barkleigh Productions.

Clorox Healthcare makes disinfectants and cleaning, odor removal and hand hygiene products.