All domestic animal, avian, wildlife, and exotic species, and even plants suffer from viral diseases. Many of the viral diseases are zoonotic (Influenza, SARS, and others) and are of significant public health importance. There is a real need for more specialists in veterinary virology to serve as useful resources for clinicians, teachers, researchers, and those involved in many aspects of comparative medicine. This program focuses on fundamental principles of virology through theoretical and practical training in veterinary virology with special emphasis on diagnostic and preventive measures.