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ENT 5624: Animal and Plant Biosafety and Biosecurity

Concentration: Plant Science and Pest Management
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Principles, tools and techniques of disease detection, early warning, and containment of animal and plant pathogens.  Regulatory agencies and guidelines that work to protect human, animal, plant, and environmental health and prevent economic and public health disasters.

Learning Objectives

Having successfully complete this course, students will be able to:  

  • Analyze the connectedness of humans, animals, plants, and the environment in biosafety and biosecurity.
  • Describe the basic biology of animal and plant pathogens
  • Compare and contrast animal and plant health monitoring and early detection methods.
  • Explain basic containment procedures for plant and animal pathogens, pests, and transgenics.
  • Outline the functions of the regulatory agencies involved in biosafety and biosecurity of disease organisms or pests.
  • Explain how the animal-human interface is a source for emerging disease threats.
  • Describe how to investigate, assess the risk and then decide how best to respond when a pest or disease is discovered.
  • Design a response plan to an outbreak or introduction of an animal or plant pathogen.


Graduate Standing


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