Foot-and-Mouth Disease Emergency Preparedness Course for Canada

Next online training will be in 2021

Online May 4 – June 1, 2020

  • $150 Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians / Technologists
  • $90 Canadian Veterinary Reserve Members

NOTE: If you are a veterinarian with CFIA please contact Leah Seabrook about this training opportunity.

“The AHEM FMD Emergency Preparedness online training is an effective and efficient way to advance the skill sets of animal health professionals and enhance Canada’s FMD emergency preparedness” – Megan Bergman DVM, Executive Director, National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council


To equip Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians / Technologists in Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) free countries who would be involved in the diagnosis and investigation of an outbreak of FMD were it to occur.


Originally developed by the European Commission, the EuFMD Emergency Preparation Course was adapted to Canadian standards by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in early 2019. Working with these organizations and in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), this online study program is offered in the spring of 2020 as one component of the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project.

Course overview

This innovative online, self-paced course takes approximately 12 hours to complete over a set four-week period. In addition to five interactive online modules, the course provides a unique opportunity for participants to interact and network with international and Canadian experts including Drs. Komal, Smylie, Stephens plus other professional participants through live interactive opening and closing webinars and discussion forums.

The bilingual training program addresses:

  • FMD aetiology and pathogenesis
  • Clinical diagnosis, lesion ageing
  • FMD epidemiology, outbreak investigation
  • Introduction to control measures including emergency vaccination
  • Biosecurity

Click here for a detailed course overview.

A certificate is awarded to all participants who successfully complete the online training and comprehensive assessment within the four-week window.


The desire for FMD training was consistently identified by veterinarians across Canada during the initial phase of the AHEM project in 2018. The continual evolution of serious animal health diseases reaffirms the need to offer convenient opportunities to keep knowledge and skills current. This professional training complements a suite of tools being provided to enhance the Canadian livestock industry’s capacity to effectively recognize and respond to a serious animal disease event.

The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)

Eligible for CE Credits

RACE approved: This program has been approved for 12 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) approval.

Also recognized by:

  • Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
  • Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (see MVMA policy)
  • New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association
  • Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association
  • Prince Edward Island Veterinary Medical Association
  • Quebec Order of Veterinary Physicians
  • Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association