Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Awareness

Course Description

This online module was developed to address the growing need for individuals requiring the knowledge and awareness of proper methods handling and distributing shellfish products. The information contained in this module is intended for people involved in the supply chain of oysters destined for raw consumption - from farm to retail. It is meant to provide a framework that addresses the hazard and controls associated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp).

This module is not designed as a single source solution, but as a guide to inform farmers, harvesters, processors and distributors about Vp and what steps can be taken to minimize its growth.


Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) and its natural environment
  • Explain the health risks of Vp to humans
  • List two factors that contribute to the growth of Vp
  • Outline two steps to minimize Vp-related risk at the harvest site
  • Describe the procedure for sampling oysters for Vp at the farm
  • Know the three basic concepts of Virbio control
  • Summarize how to maintain temperature during transport and handling
  • Recognize the importance of time and temperature in reducing the risk from Vp in oysters
  • Know the three critical steps processing plants follow to minimize the hazards associated with Vp
  • List the three key guidelines for minimizing the risk of Vp related illness at retail premises and restaurants

Course Schedule

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Please Note: After registration, it will take up to 24 hours to access online module(s).


Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course.  Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the Course Schedule.

Non-Refundable Fees

Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees.
Please note:  A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.

Course Participants

The Natural Resources Extension Program (NREP) has compiled a List of Course Participants who successfully completed the Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp)  Awareness training program since the course's inception; June 2018. This list is available to industry stakeholders desiring to utilize the services of a Vibrio Awareness course graduate.

This list contains names and contact information for those individuals who have successfully completed the Vancouver Island University Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Awareness training program. Vancouver Island University does not confirm if these individuals are "Qualified Environmental Professionals", as defined by the province of British Columbia.

Individuals having successfully completed theVp Awareness training program may download, complete, and return this form for inclusion to the list of Course Participants.