Foot-&-Mouth Disease Training Virtual Course

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About the Course

March 31, 2021 UPDATE: All seats have been reserved for the course. If you would like to be added to a waitlist for future courses, please email

Dates: May 3-12, 2021 | Time: 8:00AM CDT (start time) | Credits: 20 RACE CE Hours | Preliminary Agenda: EuFMD Agenda (PDF)

This course will allow you to gain a detailed knowledge of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) diagnosis, and how to conduct an outbreak investigation. During this course, you will:

  • Learn about the etiology and pathogenesis of FMD.
  • Gain experience in clinical diagnosis and lesion ageing.
  • Learn the different methods of collecting samples for FMD testing, packaging and shipping of samples and exercise decision making through virtual case scenarios.
  • Develop skills in assessing risk for two U.S. farms representing the beef and dairy industries and develop a biosecurity plan to minimize risk of the disease and help manage business continuity during an FMD outbreak.
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the enhanced biosecurity requirements needed to effectively control or prevent spread of FMD.
  • Learn from international FMD experts who work in FMD endemic countries.

The virtual course will be conducted by the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Diseases (EuFMD), who since 2009, has delivered hands-on and virtual training to more than 1200 people from over 50 countries.

An emergency response 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 the course in order to discuss specific aspects of a U.S. FMD response.

Courses will be restricted to no more than 25 trainees in order to provide optimal instructor to participant ratios.

Why Attend?

Accredited veterinarians will be involved in assisting state and federal government animal health officials to quickly respond, control, and eradicate an incursion of FMD in the U.S.

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 for U.S. veterinarians, State and Federal Health Officials states and the U.S. livestock sector to be prepared to effectively respond to FMD and other foreign animal diseases, such as African swine fever, is at an all-time high.

  • Do you know what your role will be if the U.S. 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?

About the Instructors

Dr. Nick Lyons

Nick qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 2005. Following an internship in large animal medicine at University College Dublin, he completed a residency in dairy cow health and production at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) which included externships at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of California – Davis to gain additional experience of managing the health of large dairy herds. After a year of farm animal practice in the UK, he returned to the RVC to do an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2010 and then moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to complete a PhD on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Kenya focussing on the field evaluation of vaccines and economic impact. This led to a research fellowship at the Pirbright Institute undertaking field projects in numerous countries on transboundary animal diseases.

Nick currently works as a consultant in veterinary epidemiology working mainly for the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Part of this work is coordinating Pillar II of the work programme which focusses on supporting disease control for FMD and similar transboundary animal diseases (TADs) in the European Neighbourhood, in addition to providing advice to countries on the surveillance and control of these diseases. He also provides training on outbreak investigation and has led the FMD real-time training courses for EuFMD for the past several years.

In addition to his role at EuFMD, Nick also undertakes consultancies to large-scale dairy farms on the prevention and management of TADs and is an external advisor to the EC-funded DEFEND project providing input into the evaluation of lumpy skin disease vaccines. He is a diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM) and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences at the University of Liverpool where he is working on various projects related to animal health economics. Through research projects and EuFMD activities, Nick has active connections in many countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is currently based in Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Theodore JD Knight-Jones

Theadore Knight Jones

Having started his career as a vet in the UK and South Africa, Theo then specialized in veterinary epidemiology and public health working in Europe, Africa, and Central Asia. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the Royal Veterinary College/Pirbright Institute, he obtained his PhD in the evaluation of foot-and-mouth disease vaccination programs working in Turkey and Iran, later producing FAO international guidelines on the topic.

In his role as Senior Scientist for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Theo is based in Tanzania and is the primary investigator for the pull-push project assessing and improving food safety in urban food markets in Africa. He is also responsible for ILRI’s activities in the GBADs programme (Global Burden of Animal Disease). He recently developed the FMD, PPR and HPAI control strategies for Southern Africa (SADC). His areas of interest are epidemiology, animal health economics and policy.

He has extensive knowledge of government services having been the Chief Veterinary Officer for Jersey and through work with FAO and SADC supporting veterinary services, and with OIE. In the 2000s, he was heavily involved in avian influenza pandemic threats and their emergence in wild birds, and worked in the UK 2001 foot-and-mouth disease crisis. He is the Africa editor for the journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. Outside work Theo likes escaping to the great outdoors with his family.

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Dr. Kees van Maanen  (Cornelis van Maanen)

Kees Maanen

Kees van Maanen studied veterinary medicine in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After his graduation in 1986, he became head of the laboratory for FMD vaccine control, diagnosis of vesicular diseases, and equine viral diseases at the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, the Netherlands. In 1992, he joined GD Animal Health and started a four-year course in veterinary pathology. He holds a specialist degree both in veterinary pathology (n.p.) and veterinary microbiology.

From 1995 – 2013 he was the head of the R&D laboratory of the Animal Health Service (GD) in the Netherlands. His current position in GD Animal Health is virologist/senior scientist. Together with a colleague, he is also responsible for the state-of-the-art performance of all routine molecular and virological tests in the framework of the ISO 17025 accreditation of the GD Animal Health laboratories.

In 2001, he completed a PhD on the subject Equine herpesvirus 1 and 4 and equine influenza virus infections: diagnosis, epidemiology, and vaccinology. His main research interests are in equine infectious diseases, emerging diseases, transboundary animal diseases, test development and test validation, and implementation of diagnostic strategies in the context of compulsory or voluntary disease control and eradication programs. He is co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Since 2007, he has been active for 25% of his time as an FAO/EuFMD consultant for FMD in many countries (for example Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Iran, Myanmar, Indonesia). His main focus is FMD, but he also worked on Avian Influenza and other diseases and performed many training courses/missions and trouble-shooting activities for all relevant diagnostic methods, facilitated network meetings, and was involved in quality management systems and ISO 17025 accreditation. He was also a trainer on several FMD real-time training courses in Turkey, Kenya, Nepal, Germany, and Uganda.

Dr. Melissa Mclaws

Melissa is a veterinarian trained at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. Following graduation, she worked in mixed practice for a couple of years before returning to study epidemiology at the University of Guelph.

In 2001, she worked as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector during the large FMD outbreak in the UK, as part of the field epidemiology team in Cumbria. She completed her PhD in epidemiology in 2005, thesis title “FMD in non-endemic countries: surveillance and early detection” which resulted in four peer-reviewed publications. After a short stint working as a veterinary epidemiologist for a provincial government in Canada and for ILRI on a research project on avian influenza in Indonesia, she started working with EuFMD in 2010.

Since then, she has been an active member of the team working on the development and implementation of the Progressive Control Pathway for FMD and related workshops and training. She has worked closely with countries (including Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Palestine, and Myanmar) to assess their FMD risks and develop control strategies. She has also been involved in many other different projects and activities with EuFMD, including the modeling network, surveillance, and risk analysis, the development of the PRAGMATIST framework, and as a trainer on real-time training courses and the FMD Emergency Preparedness course. 

She has recently been appointed as co-chair for the GF-TADs FMD Working Group. She is currently working as a consultant with FAO/EuFMD while on leave from the Animal Health Risk Assessment Unit of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Dr. David Paton

David is a UK veterinarian working as a private consultant and with The Pirbright Institute to promote surveillance, vaccination, and research to control transboundary livestock viral diseases. He provides advice, training, and mentoring.

After graduating from Cambridge University, he worked in veterinary practice in UK and Australia, before gaining a PhD from Surrey University studying pestivirus B cell epitopes. In 30 years, as a veterinary virologist, his laboratory career has been at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), Weybridge, and at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH), Pirbright. He developed and evaluated diagnostic methods, used animal experiments and phylogenetic reconstructions to study transmission pathways and virus evolution, evaluated vaccine effectiveness in experimental and field settings, and ran diagnostic laboratory services. He was a disease expert for UK lab responses to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (1990), classical swine fever (2000), and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD, 2001 and 2007).

He has been Secretary of the European Society for Veterinary Virology, head of the Virology Department at the VLA and head of the World Reference Laboratory for FMD (WRLFMD), Acting Director and Director of Science at IAH (now the Pirbright Institute). He is a visiting Professor at Universities in the UK (London and Glasgow) and Tanzania (Sokoine) and a member of the OIE Ad Hoc Group on FMD. He has been a scientific board member for research institutes and FMD vaccine manufacturers.

He has worked on FMD since joining the IAH during the 2001 FMD Epidemic in the UK to take charge of the laboratory response and the WRLFMD. As well as managing laboratory diagnostic services, He has had responsibility for projects, workgroups, departments, divisions, and the delivery of the IAH’s research and surveillance portfolios. Major research interests in FMD have been to understand the basis for antigenic differences between serotypes and strains, to improve diagnostic capabilities including those in support of vaccination, and to better trace the methods and pathways of virus spread. He has more than 200 publications in refereed journals. He has traveled widely and given advice on many occasions to international disease control bodies, particularly the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the European Commission for the Control of FMD (EuFMD, FAO).

In 2014, he left Pirbright and started to work as a private consultant providing advice on disease control to National Governments (Kazakhstan, Namibia, Ethiopia) and assisting EuFMD in developing and delivering training on different aspects of FMD diagnosis and control. In recent years, he has conducted FMD field outbreak investigation training courses in Nepal (8 visits over 5 years), Ethiopia, and Uganda, and numerous online courses and other local courses in Ireland, Spain, Ethiopia, Thailand, Trinidad, Botswana, Serbia, Macedonia, Tanzania, and Jordan. In 2018, he led a two-week OIE Mission to China to evaluate their FMD control policy. Since 2015, he has returned to Pirbright to work part-time for WRLFMD. He undertakes a range of support activities, including coordination of OIE Twinning Projects to transfer diagnostic and vaccine quality control procedures to laboratories in Ethiopia. In the latter capacity, he visited FMD vaccine producers in 2019 in Kenya and Botswana.

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