||After taking module participants will be able to:
Introduction to FMD
- link the global FMD situation to the risk of an FMD incursion into North America;
- appreciate the importance of emergency preparedness for FMD;
- summarize the role of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
|Module 1: Aetiology and Pathogenesis
- describe the global significance and distribution of FMD;
- describe the impact an FMD outbreak would have in Canada;
- explain the importance of FMD preparedness;
- discuss the species susceptible to FMD, with a focus on the main domestic hosts;
- describe the pathogenesis of FMD;
- identify routes of transmission of the disease and their relative importance.
|Module 2: Clinical Diagnosis
- explain how to conduct a thorough clinical examination of an animal suspected to have FMD;
- recognise the clinical signs of FMD in cattle, small ruminants and pigs;
- age FMD lesions and understand the epidemiological and diagnostic importance of lesion ageing.
|Module 3: Laboratory Diagnosis
- describe the diagnostic tools available for the detection of FMD;
- explain how to take appropriate samples to enable laboratory diagnosis of FMD.
|Module 4: Field Epidemiological Investigation
- describe the routes and risk factors for transmission of FMD, and their relative importance;
- construct a timeline showing the key events during an outbreak of FMD on a premises;
- use the timeline to carry out source and spread tracing, and recognize the importance of prioritizing dangerous contacts for tracing;
- outline effective communication methods to use when liaising with livestock owners during an FMD outbreak.
|Module 5: Biosecurity
- relate the characteristics of FMD virus and its environmental resistance to appropriate biosecurity strategies;
- describe the risks of FMD virus spread associated with veterinary personnel;
- describe the key elements of biosecurity;
- explain how to effectively use personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce risks of spreading FMD virus;
- explain how to establish an effective cleaning and disinfection protocol for use when visiting premises suspected of FMD infection.
|Module 6: Contingency Planning and Emergency Management
- explain the legislative basis of FMD control in Canada;
- explain the overall policy aims of a Canadian FMD response;
- recognize the importance of preparing contingency plans for FMD outbreaks;
- describe the roles and responsibilities of the organizations and management structures involved in FMD preparedness and response in Canada;
- outline the information contained within and importance of Canada’s foreign animal disease contingency plans including CFIA’s FMD Hazard Specific Plan;
- describe the control measures which would be applied if FMD was confirmed in Canada.
|Module 7: FMD Vaccination
- explain the key features of FMD vaccines, and the challenges these pose to their use in disease control;
- outline the vaccination strategies which might be used in the event of an outbreak (protective and suppressive vaccination);
- summarize the implications of FMD vaccination on the time taken to disease freedom recognition by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE);
- outline the process undertaken in Canada to decide whether or not FMD vaccination will be used.
- apply Canadian standard operating procedures to investigate a suspected outbreak of FMD on a farm in Canada.
- explain how vaccination might be used to control an FMD outbreak in North America;
- explain aspects of the OIE code relevant to regaining of FMD free status;
- explain how an emergency response to an FMD outbreak would be organized in Canada.