African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness Course for Canada

ASF Emergency Preparedness Course


To equip veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians / technologists who would be involved in the diagnosis, investigation and response of an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) were it to occur.

The online training course is also suitable for swine industry personnel who may also be engaged in response activities.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with the support of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has organized an online training course on African swine fever (ASF) preparedness that combines convenient self-paced study with a unique opportunity to discuss and network with international and national experts.

Working with these organizations and in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), this online study program will be offered as one component of the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project.

This program has been approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

Course Overview

This innovative online, self-paced course takes approximately 15 hours to complete over a set four-week period.

In addition to seven interactive online modules, the course provides a unique opportunity for participants to interact and network with international and Canadian experts plus other professional participants through live interactive opening and closing webinars and discussion forums.

The bilingual training program addresses:

  • Impact and importance of ASF
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Laboratory diagnosis
  • ASF outbreak investigation
  • Control measures
  • Biosecurity
  • ASF in wild boar in Europe

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.

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, 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)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture APHIS VS

DATE: September 21 – October 19, 2021


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

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

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


The desire for animal disease recognition and response training was consistently identified by veterinarians and industry staff across Canada since the initial phase of the AHEM project began 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.