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New animal disease emergency online course helps ensure rapid, coordinated response

Veterinary and animal health responders learn their roles in livestock or poultry emergencies.

The impact of an animal disease outbreak will have serious consequences for producers as well as local and state economies. Ensuring that all responders understand the impact, the terminology used and actions required will produce a more rapid and coordinated response.

The Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is now offering a web-based course, "Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response." The course cost is $100. To find out more and to register, visit http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/ADE-Course/.

This web-based, awareness-level course is designed for anyone who may be involved in an animal disease response: veterinary and animal health responders, livestock or poultry producers or industry groups and wildlife managers and officers. Traditional responders, including emergency managers, law enforcement, firefighters and public health officials, also can benefit and learn about roles they may need to play during a response.

“The response to a livestock or poultry disease outbreak will involve the coordination and collaboration of a number of professions, industries and agencies. This course introduces key concepts related to the response for a livestock or poultry disease emergency. It highlights the actions needed to detect, contain and control these diseases to better prepare responders for their tasks during the response,” Dr. Glenda Dvorak, course instructor and CFSPH assistant director, said.

The course is approved for 4.0 hours of veterinary continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

CFSPH is nationally and internationally recognized for providing educational materials and animal disease information. CFSPH was established in 2002 through funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to increase national and international preparedness for accidental or intentional introduction of diseases that threaten food production or public health.

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