Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response

Target Audience

This course is open to any responder who may be involved in an animal disease response including traditional responders, such as law enforcement, fire or public works and emergency managers, as well as livestock or poultry producers and veterinary professionals. The course provides a basic understanding of the actions needed to detect, contain and control high consequence diseases of livestock and poultry


The course will be offered September 20 through September 30, 2017.

Course Details

  • The Animal Disease Emergency web course is an awareness level course.
  • This course consists of 2 web-based lessons overviewing the steps involved in the detection and response of an animal disease emergency event; the tasks necessary to contain and control an animal disease emergency; the animal health agencies and plans involved in a response; and the role of a broad range for responders.
  • Work at your own pace / time. You do not need to be online at any specific time.
  • Each lesson takes around 60 minutes to complete and includes a corresponding study guide and quiz.
  • A certificate of completion will be provided.Quizzes must be completed and scored at 70% or better to obtain the completion certificate.

Course Topics:

  • Lesson 1: Steps in an Animal Disease Emergency
  • Lesson 2: Response Tasks

Benefits / Veterinary Continuing Education Credit

  • This course provides current information and resources on emergency response measures for animal disease emergencies.
  • This program has been approved by AAVSB RACE for 4 hours of continuing education (non-interactive on-line; veterinarians or veterinary technicians). Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding the validity or relevancy of this course to the veterinary profession.

Course Instructor

Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM

Photo of Glenda DvorakDr. Dvorak graduated with her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU) in 2001. She also holds a MS in Fisheries Biology/Aquaculture (1997) and a BS in Zoology (minor in Animal Ecology) (1995) also from Iowa State University. She obtained her MPH degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, and became board certified in veterinary preventive medicine in 2007.

Dr. Dvorak is currently the Assistant Director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH). With over 15 years’ experience in animal health emergency preparedness and response, Dr. Dvorak has served as a project manager, author, and editor for a number of animal health emergency response projects and resources at the local, state, and national level, including the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response (FAD PReP) Guideline series and training modules for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP), on topics including animal health emergency response, foreign animal disease detection in companion animals, disease prevention, and aquatic animal health.
She has been an instructor for a web-based zoonotic disease course since 2011, and is a co-instructor for a distance learning public health preparedness course for the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Dr. Dvorak is also actively involved in local, state and national committees and associations.

The rapid detection and response needed to stop the large-scale spread of emergency diseases affecting livestock or poultry will involve the collaboration and cooperation between a number of disciplines, industries, and agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Dr. Dvorak says “This course will help responders gain a basic understanding of the response actions needed for animal disease emergencies, as well as find additional resources for more in-depth information to help better prepare our nation for an effective and efficient response for these situations.”

Registration/ Cost

The cost for the course is $100.

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Development of this course was made possible in part through funding from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.


Contact CFSPH at 515.294.7189 or .