Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response


The course will be offered starting in January 2018.

Target Audience

The Animal Disease Emergency web course is an awareness level course open to anyone that may be involved in an animal disease response affecting livestock or poultry.

The response needed to stop the large-scale spread of emergency diseases will involve the collaboration and cooperation between a number of disciplines, industries, and agencies at the local, state, and federal level.

This includes veterinary, animal health, and wildlife management professionals and students, as well as emergency management, traditional responders (e.g., law enforcement, fire or public works), and public health. Livestock producers and industry associations will also find this information helpful.

Course Details

  • This course consists of 2 web-based lessons— 1) Steps in an Animal Disease Emergency, 2) Response Tasks — that provide a basic understanding of the response and actions needed to detect, contain, and control high consequences diseases of livestock and poultry.
  • The lessons also overview the animal health agencies and plans involved in a response, and the role of a broad range of responders.
  • Case studies are provided to highlight the importance of these situations and the response actions taken.
  • Resources for additional information and training are provided throughout the course.
  • 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.


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.

Course Instructor

Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM

Photo of Glenda DvorakDr. Dvorak is currently the Assistant Director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH). She has developed or contributed to 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) Guidelines, and the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) training modules. She is also a co-instructor for a public health emergency preparedness course for the University of Iowa, College of Public Health.

Dr. Dvorak received her DVM in 2001 from Iowa State University. She completed her MPH degree from the University of Iowa in 2003 and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (2007).


Registration is now closed.
The course will be offered again in January 2018.

The cost for the course is $100.

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.


Contact CFSPH at 515.294.7189 or .