K-State will offer a new 16-credit-hour online graduate certificate in the management of animal health-related organizations beginning this fall.

The program highlights K-State's strengths in agriculture, business, continuing education and distance learning, meeting the special needs of industries in the growing Animal Health Corridor between Manhattan, Kan., and Columbia, Mo.

There are more than 50 related firms in the Animal Health Corridor, and more are expected with the addition of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.

A market research survey conducted by the Beef Cattle Institute and completed by 77 pharmaceutical and biological professionals at Animal Health Corridor companies indicated a need for online courses in business administration.

Students in the program will learn to use applied skills and attain an understanding of basic functional areas of business and how each contributes to an effective business organization in the context of the animal health industry. The certificate will educate employees by preparing them for additional responsibilities and expanding their career opportunities.

Courses include topics in the managerial challenges and dynamics of the animal health industry, business functional area courses drawing on examples from a range of industries and a detailed project based on a practical need in the employing organization.

The certificate program was developed by K-State's College of Business Administration through a partnership with K-State's Beef Cattle Institute and Division of Continuing Education. All course work can be completed online and accepted as credit toward K-State's master of business administration program or graduate certificate in business administration.

For application details or to learn more about the program, contact K-State's Division of Continuing Education at 1-800-622-2578, e-mail informationdce@k-state.edu, or visit the program Web site.

Source: Drovers.com