Disease Recognition and Response

AHEM is excited to offer two online disease recognition and response training courses for private practitioners in 2021.

  • African Swine Fever (ASF) Emergency Preparedness Course – June
  • Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) Emergency Preparedness Course – October.

Joint Efforts

Originally developed by the European Commission, the EuFMD Emergency Preparation Courses are being adapted to Canadian standards by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. These organizations, along with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, have come together to facilitate this unique learning opportunity as part of the Animal Health Emergency Management project.


To equip Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians / Technologists with new diagnostic skills and knowledge related to emerging serious animal diseases.

Course Overview

Each self-paced online course takes approximately 12 hours to complete over a set four-week period. In addition to engaging content, live opening, closing webinars and discussion forums provide a unique platform for participants to interact and network with various international and Canadian experts including Drs. Komal, Smylie, Stephens.

The bilingual training programs address:

  • Disease aetiology, pathogenesis, and transmission
  • Clinical signs and laboratory diagnosis
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Control and eradication measures
  • Biosecurity

All participants who successfully complete the online training and comprehensive assessment within the four-week window will receive a certificate.


These course offerings complement the growing portfolio of AHEM initiatives aimed at improving serious animal disease preparedness and response capacity within the Canadian livestock industry. While interest in foreign animal disease training has consistently been identified by Canadian veterinarians, the ever-changing nature of the disease landscape only reaffirms the need for ongoing and convenient professional development opportunities.

Learn More

Course registration will officially open this spring. If you have any questions about this initiative or the AHEM project in general, please contact AHEM.

Continuing Education Credits

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

We are in the process of confirming RACE credit for the ASF course in October.

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 readiness for FMD."

Megan Bergman DVM, Executive Director, National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council

EuFMD Spotlight

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