February 01, 2006

 

 Summer course offers training in foreign animal diseases - February 1, 2006

 
posted January 15, 2006
 

A training course in foreign animal diseases will be available again this summer at the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine.

The school, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will offer the Fourth Biennial Foreign Animal Disease Training Course from July 30-Aug. 4.

"The course is designed for governmental regulatory and public health veterinarians responsible for rapid detection of foreign animal diseases, animal disease regulatory specialists from industry, academicians responsible for teaching foreign animal diseases at veterinary medical schools, practicing veterinarians, and anyone interested in animal industry biosecurity and foreign animal diseases," said Dr. Christopher Olsen, professor of public health at the school and chairperson of FAD2006.

This year's meeting again features speakers from the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Italy, and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency-Weybridge in the United Kingdom. Other speakers are from the USDA, academic institutions, state veterinary agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. and Canadian military.

This year's course will include a daylong tabletop exercise in controlling the incursion of foreign animal disease. The meeting will also provide time for one-on-one interaction among attendees—as during the 1999, 2001, and 2003 courses.

Information and registration materials are available at www.vetmed.wisc.edu/pbs/courses/FAD2006 or by e-mailing organizers at FAD2006@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu.