EuFMD Real-Time Training Course

Be a part of the first ever offering to North American private sector veterinarians and those involved in the livestock industry, for a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the diagnosis and investigation of an FMD outbreak in an endemic country.

Course Description






Why Attend? Because we need to be ready.

As a veterinarian, are you prepared in the event of an outbreak of FMD in the United States? While the U.S. has not had a case of FMD since 1929, the need is at an all-time high for U.S. veterinarians, State and Federal Animal Health Officials, and the U.S. livestock sector to be prepared to effectively respond to FMD and other foreign animal diseases, such as African swine fever.  Accredited veterinarians will be involved in assisting state and federal government animal health officials to quickly respond to, control and eradicate an incursion of FMD in the US.

  • Do you know what your role will be if the US is hit with an outbreak of FMD?
  • Will you be able to recognize FMD in a susceptible species and provide informed, timely advice to your clients?
  • Do you know how to properly take a sample for FMD diagnostic testing and safely go on farm/ranch visits without being a fomite and spreading the virus?
  • Do you know how to assess biosecurity needs for your clinic and your clients’ operations?

The Experience

This course will allow you to work on field cases of FMD and gain a detailed knowledge of FMD diagnosis, and how to conduct an outbreak investigation. During this course, you will:

  • Learn about the etiology and pathogenesis of FMD.
  • Gain hands-on experience in clinical diagnosis and lesion ageing.
  • Learn the different methods of collecting samples for FMD testing, packaging and shipping of samples and follow the sample through laboratory diagnosis.
  • Develop contingency plans (or participate in contingency planning) and design a biosecurity plan for a non-infected farm
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the enhanced biosecurity requirements needed to effectively control or prevent spread of FMD.
  • Work alongside government veterinarians in the host country and gain insight from those who regularly experience FMD and other transboundary (foreign) animal diseases.
  • Obtain 29 hours of RACE-approved CE credits


There are two major segments of the course.

    1. The first segment consists of pre-course online training modules designed to ensure that trainees have a basic understanding of FMD and background knowledge so that time in-country is optimized. The online segment is a self-paced moderated course that takes approximately five hours to complete and can be done over a period of weeks. Trainees complete pre-course e-learning, to provide background knowledge so that the training itself can be as interactive as possible.
    2. The field-based segment takes place in countries with endemic FMD, including Turkey, Kenya, Uganda and Nepal. EuFMD works in partnership with the host country veterinary services and provides assistance and training for local FMD control as part of the Real Time program. Classroom sessions are interactive and problem-based, and there is plenty of opportunity to cover topics of interest in more depth. Trainees visit a current FMD outbreak; apply full biosecurity measures, examine affected animals, take laboratory samples and carry out epidemiological interviews with farmers. They also conduct a local area survey in an area recently affected by the disease leading to an understanding of risk factors for local spread of the disease.

The one-week course will be conducted by the European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD), who since 2009, have delivered these hands-on training to more than 700 people from over 50 countries. Veterinarians from the host country take part in each training course.

A field veterinarian from the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (USDA, APHIS, VS) will also be a part of every course in order to discuss specific aspects of a U.S. FMD response.

Courses will be restricted to no more than 12 registered trainees in order to provide optimal instructor to participant ratios.

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For questions about registration and logistics prior to arriving in Africa, contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Parker
Dr. Allen Roussel
phone: 979-845-9102