Industry, Academia Create First U.S. Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Certificate

The new Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Graduate Certificate combines animal science and veterinary medicine knowledge so workers can navigate governmental processes and regulations throughout a product’s lifecycle.

Last fall, Kansas State University’s Olathe campus launched the United States’ first certificate program for the in-demand animal health regulatory affairs sector.

The Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit-hour program that combines animal science and veterinary medicine knowledge with skills needed to navigate governmental processes and regulations throughout a product’s lifecycle.

“There is a continuous demand for highly educated professionals who specialize in regulatory affairs,” said Bill Zollers, vice president for regulatory affairs for North America, Norbrook® Laboratories Ltd. “That need for talent won’t ever slow down. If anything, it’s increasing as the industry continues to discover new pharmaceuticals, therapeutics and products that improve animal health.”

K-State Olathe’s new certificate responds to the worldwide demand for skilled regulatory affairs professionals. Industry leaders provided input in developing the certificate and its coursework. Similarly, subject-matter experts will regularly present on real-world examples and context as part of the program.

Thirty-four prospective students from around the world attended a webinar that provided more information about the certificate and gave participants a chance to ask questions. Multiple senior-level executives from both industry and academia participated. A day after the webinar, nine attendees already had begun enrolling in the certificate program, which launches in summer 2020.

“As a recruiter, jobs specializing in regulatory affairs are challenging to fill because most companies seek professionals with experience,” said Stacy Pursell, founder and CEO of The VET Recruiter, an executive search and recruitment firm concentrating on the animal health industry. “However, not enough people who are currently in the animal health industry are qualified yet. This certificate helps fill that skills gap.”

Learn more about the Animal Health Regulatory Affairs graduate certificate at olathe.k-state.edu/regaffairscert.