To prepare veterinary staff and inspectors who might be involved in preventing, investigating, diagnosing, and responding to an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak if one were to occur.

This online training course is also appropriate for swine industry personnel and others who may participate in response activities.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has developed an online training program focused on African swine fever (ASF) preparedness in the Canadian context. This course offers the convenience of self-paced study alongside an exceptional chance to engage in discussions and networking with both national and international experts.

In conjunction with these organizations and in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), this online study initiative will be incorporated as a learning component of the Animal Health Canada Emergency Management project.

This program has been submitted for 15 hours of continuing education credit with RACE.

Course Overview

This innovative, online, self-paced course is designed to be completed in approximately 15 hours, spread out over a structured six-week period.

In addition to seven interactive online modules, the course offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage with experts and colleagues, through interactive webinars and discussion forums.

This bilingual training program addresses the following topics related to ASF:

  • Impact and importance of the virus
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Laboratory diagnosis
  • Outbreak/Epidemiological investigation
  • Control measures
  • Biosecurity
  • ASF in wild boar in Europe

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A certificate of completion will be granted to each participant upon successful completion of the online training modules and final comprehensive assessment within the six-week window.


The need for training in animal disease recognition and response was recognized by veterinarians and industry personnel across Canada from the outset of the Animal Health Canada’s emergency management project in 2018.

The ongoing development of serious animal health diseases underscores the necessity to provide convenient opportunities for maintaining up-to-date knowledge and skills.

This specialized training program is designed to complement a variety of tools that enhance the capability of the Canadian livestock industry to efficiently identify and respond to serious animal disease events.

A collaborative effort

  • Animal Health Canada – Emergency Management Project
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • USDA Department of Agriculture APHIS VS

Course date: February 13 – March 31, 2024


EuFMD course complete 😊 This was a valuable and an excellent experience. I very much appreciated the quality of the course and the professionalism of the organizers and instructors.

Dr Egan Brockhoff, Veterinarian, Prairie Livestock Veterinarians

The training provides an opportunity for collaboration among government and industry veterinarians, along with industry staff, fostering discussions that will lead to improved communication with producers in preparing for a disease outbreak.

Keith Lehman, Alberta Chief Veterinary Officer and AHC Co-Chair

The AHC animal disease emergency preparedness training courses effectively enhance the skill sets of animal health professionals, efficiently strengthening Canada's readiness for a serious animal disease event.

Colleen McElwain, AHC Executive Director