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Honey Bees and Beekeeping for Veterinarians Course

Learn foundational honey bee vet knowledge and earn AVMA continuing education credit. This online course reviews how to identify & treat common pests & diseases in accordance with best practices and relevant regulations. It also provides background on basic bee biology and beekeeping techniques and tools. No prior beekeeping experience required for course success.

Why take this course?

New regulations and higher stress on colonies are driving a growing need for bee vets and knowledge about them in the beekeeping industry. Beekeepers are increasingly seeking veterinarian expertise to mitigate environmental & biological hazards and prepare for emerging threats. Additionally, the Food & Drug Administration is now requiring beekeepers to obtain antimicrobials through licensed veterinarians to address antibiotic resistance. Whether you are a bee vet, beekeeper, or educator you will learn information to guide your practice.

Logistics and Eligibility

The course is self-paced, fully online, takes approximately 3 hours to complete, and must be completed within 30 days of registration. Content is split into modules that are completed sequentially. Progress is continuously saved and can be resumed at any time. Course completion requires 80% marks or higher on every quiz with multiple attempts allowed. Registration is rolling and course access is granted immediately. Enrollment is open to all.

Continuing Education Credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. To learn more about the RACE program please visit the AAVSB website. Pursuing these credits is optional.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are permitted before logging in and accessing course materials. No refunds are available after logging in.


Course materials are developed by E. L. Niño Bee Lab, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS), UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD Entomology and Nematology, and Oregon State University. Funding provided by USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program.


Course Learning Objectives

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Funding for the development of the “Honey Bees and Beekeeping for Veterinarians” course was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Multi-State Program through an agreement between the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and The Regents of the University of California, Davis (agreement number 17-0727-001-SF). All content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA or CDFA.