Training in foreign and emerging animal diseases

To protect public health, animal health, and food production, it is essential that all veterinarians are adequately prepared to recognize foreign animal diseases, emerging or reemerging diseases, or animal disease resulting from an act of bioterrorism. Veterinarians need to know when to notify authorities of disease outbreaks, whom to notify, and what personal protective actions and biosecurity steps to take. The AVMA recognizes the importance of and encourages all veterinarians' participation in training programs and continuing education courses that will enable the veterinary profession to be adequately prepared to meet these challenges.