Foot-and-Mouth Disease Training Virtual Course


About the Course

Dates: December 5–14, 2022 | Time: 8–11 a.m. Central | Credits: 20 RACE CE Hours
Preliminary Agenda: EuFMD Agenda (PDF)
Registration Deadline: November 15, 2022

Course participants will complete 6 hours of online materials prior to December 5th. The self-study online portion covers the basics of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) so that all course participants will have the same basic knowledge prior to the virtual sessions.

The virtual portion of the course will be held in 3-hour blocks over five days: December 5, 7, 9, 12, and 14.

A combination of presentations, breakout group exercises, and full group discussions will allow for optimal interaction. Video scenarios from two U.S. farms representing the beef and dairy industries will be provided. Live discussions with the farmers and ranchers, animal health officials, and FMD experts will provide participants the opportunity to learn how to assess a farm’s risk of getting FMD and develop a biosecurity plan to minimize the risk of the disease, and help manage business continuity during an FMD outbreak. Participants will also be able to practice donning and doffing PPE with guidance from experts experienced in conducting real-world FMD investigations. PPE packages will be mailed to each registered participant with instructions for your individual practice exercise to be completed prior to Session 4.

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 your role 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. Tom Brownlie, Lead Instructor

Tom Brownlie, BVetMed MVS(Dist), PhD, MANZCVS(Epidemiology), MRCVS is an experienced veterinary epidemiologist and data scientist. He is the founder of Ingenum, a company that provides support to international and national government agencies, agritech companies, and livestock farmers. Tom has worked as a livestock veterinary practitioner, university lecturer, biosecurity advisor, and epidemiologist. Ingenum has permitted Tom to pursue his interest in syndromic surveillance, outbreak response, on-farm biosecurity, and sustainable farming.

He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002, into the UK Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, and was involved as a field veterinarian at the outset of the response. This had a notable effect on his career, leading to him completing an MVS (in epidemiology) and a PhD at Massey University, New Zealand. Through Ingenum, Tom currently consults with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), both facilitating FMD training for frontline veterinarians and on syndromic surveillance, an emerging form of disease detection anticipated to be highly important in future FMD diagnoses. He has previously helped facilitate the EuFMD real-time training courses in Nepal. Toms’s other frontline experience includes CAEV and Brucellosis investigations in Mexico, HPAI and anthrax responses in Australia, and supporting mass disposal of dairy herds during the M. bovis eradication program in New Zealand.

He is an adjunct lecturer in cattle health and epidemiology at the faculty of veterinary medicine at Massey University and also runs a family farm in Otago, New Zealand.

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 evaluating foot-and-mouth disease vaccination programs 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 program (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 and has 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. Cornelis “Kees” 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 of 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 a 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, performed many training courses/missions and troubleshooting 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. 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 been responsible 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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