Animal Health Management

The certificate in Animal Health Management has been developed from cases of animal disease that have come through the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Therefore, the course material is based on real world, practical cases of animal disease that occur in North Dakota and the upper Midwest. It is not the intent of the course to make veterinarians of the participants, but to provide learning in animal disease recognition, management, and prevention. The modules are based on equine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine, bison, dog and cat diseases, and are customized to what is typically seen in the upper Midwest. An additional emphasis is placed on zoonotic disease to highlight the importance of public health awareness. All of the course modules are available online. Typically two courses will be taught per semester. Completion of the certificate will give the student broad training in disease recognition and management for the major domestic species.


The prerequisite courses for the Animal Health Management Certificate are ANSC 114 and VETS 135.

A minimum of 16 credits are required.

There are eight, one credit, core courses in animal health management. The core courses are offered online through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education by the Department of Microbiological Sciences. Five out of eight core course credits must be completed for the Animal Health Management Certificate. The following are the core courses offered:

  • Beef Cattle Health Management, MICR 370, 1 credit
  • Dairy Cattle Health Management, MICR 371, 1 credit
  • Sheep Health Management, MICR 372, 1 credit
  • Equine Health Management, MICR 373, 1 credit
  • Swine Health Management, MICR 374, 1 credit
  • Bison Health Management, MICR 375, 1 credit
  • Feline Health Management, MICR 376, 1 credit
  • Canine Health Management, MICR 377, 1 credit
  • Pathogenic Microbiology, MICR 460, 3 credit
  • Basic Immunology, MICR 470, 3 credit
  • Animal Virology, MICR 475, 3 credit
  • Fundamentals of Animal Disease, MICR 465 3 credit
  • Feeds and feeding, ANSC 123, 3 credit
  • Introduction to Equine Studies, ANSC 260, 3 credit
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition, ANSC 323, 3 credit
  • Equine nutrition and Physiology, ANSC 363, 3 credit
  • Physiology of Reproduction, ANSC 463, 4 credit
  • Zoonoses, VETS 440, 3 credit

Additional coursework may be appropriate to complete the certificate and will be considered on a case by case basis by the program administrator.