Foot-and-Mouth Disease Emergency Preparation Course for Canada

Course Summary

The FMD emergency preparation course is a four-week professional development opportunity (12 hours total) that aims to enhance diagnosis and investigation of an FMD outbreak while supporting enhanced emergency disease control measures.

Target Audience

  • Veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians / technologists who would be involved in a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) diagnosis, investigation, and outbreak response.
  • Industry personnel who may provide support during the emergency.

Training Specifics

Working together, the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have successfully tailored the EuFMD’s ‘Foot-and-Mouth Disease Emergency Preparation Course’ to reflect the Canadian context. 

Kicking off in May 2022, this bilingual tutored online course is perfect for CFIA and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarians, as well as private veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

The course opens and closes with live webinars (two in English, two in French) that are co-presented by experts from EuFMD and CFIA. Over the course of the training, participants will engage in bilingual online forums, where tutors will lead in-depth discussions and make themselves available to answer questions.

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

Program Schedule

The course will run from May 24 to June 28, 2022 and includes:

  • Week One: Aetiology, Pathogenesis and Clinical Diagnosis
  • Week Two: Laboratory Diagnosis, Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigation
  • Week Three: Contingency Planning and Biosecurity
  • Week Four: Vaccination
  • Week Five: Final Assessment

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Strengthening results with continuous learning

Whether it is developing new skills, boosting knowledge or simply a timely refresher, we understand the importance of providing learning opportunities and sharing the most up-to-date information.

The AHEM Emergency Preparedness online training is an effective and efficient way to advance the skill sets of animal health professionals and enhance Canada’s readiness for a foreign animal disease event."

Megan Bergman DVM, Former Executive Director, National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (JUN 2020)

A collaborative effort

  • Animal Health Emergency Management Project (AHEM)
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture APHIS VS


SOLD OUT – if you would like to be added to the waitlist please contact us 

  • $170 CDN for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, technologists and industry participants – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY
  • $110 CDN Canadian Veterinary Reserve members – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY

If you are with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, please contact Jonathan Morgan
If you are with the US Department of Agriculture APHIS VS, please contact Barbara Porter-Spalding

Timely Offering

Animal disease recognition and response training has been consistently identified as a need by veterinarians and industry staff across Canada since the initial phase of the AHEM project began in 2016.

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 existing, and emerging tools aimed at enhancing the Canadian livestock industry’s capacity to effectively recognize and respond to a serious animal disease event.