EuFMD has been running foot-and-mouth disease Real Time Training courses since 2009. We have trained over 700 veterinarians from 50 countries in the field in Turkey, Kenya and Nepal, all of whom have left with a much greater understanding of the issues involved in foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) control in both free countries and those endemic for FMD.
The courses are led by international FMD experts and involve hands-on practical field training on:
• investigation of a suspect FMD outbreak;
• FMD clinical and laboratory diagnosis, lesion ageing and importance of correct sampling for laboratory procedures;
• FMD field epidemiology and local surveillance to assess spread;
• managing biosecurity of veterinary operations.
Participants will work in an international group of trainees from multiple countries, and with veterinarians from the local area.
Our field trips involve visits to farms with suspect FMD cases, seeing lesions and establishing ageing, in addition to talking with the local farmers. The detailed program is below, but do note it can be amended according to the field situation.
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for veterinarians who would be involved in diagnosis, (field and laboratory) or epidemiological investigations of FMD outbreaks. Participants are encouraged to pass on the knowledge they gain during the course to colleagues and stakeholders when they return home, so should be enthusiastic and self-motivated to carry out this training role. The course involves hands on field work and handling animals which participants should be prepared to take part in.