The Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University announced that its "Emerging & Exotic Diseases of Animals" (EEDA) online course will be offered for continuing education (CE) beginning July 31.
CFSPH said the course covers the causes and consequences of foreign animal diseases (FAD), how FADs are transmitted and introduced, the entities involved in a response to a FAD outbreak, what to do if a FAD is suspected, how veterinarians can be involved in a FAD response and effective communication strategies.
In addition to veterinarians, the course is suitable for veterinary technicians or other individuals interested in high-consequence animal diseases and the response to those diseases, the center said.
EEDA components make up the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service's initial accreditation training and are used at all U.S. veterinary schools. The course is an excellent refresher for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, animal health industry employees and government officials interested in high consequence animal diseases and the response to them, CFSPH said.
A recommended weekly schedule is provided, but participants can work at their own pace and complete the assignments based on their schedules. The course will remain open through Oct. 30.
CFSPH said the cost to take the course is $250. Participants can earn up to 46 credits of CE through RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards) for veterinarians or veterinary technicians. A CE certificate is issued for each week of completed work (seven to eight CE units per week, up to 46 for the entire course). Participants receive the Transboundary & Emerging Diseases of Animals textbook, a $75 value (if outside the U.S. additional fees apply to cover shipping costs).
More information and registration is available at eedacourse.org.