Animal Disease Emergencies: Understaaanding the Response

African swine fever. Virulent Newcastle disease. Highly pathogenic avian influenza. These high consequence animal diseases and others threaten U.S. livestock production and can have serious consequences for producers and devastating impacts on animal health, food production, and local and state economies. Response to a disease outbreak will require the coordination and collaboration of various professions, industries and agencies.

Ensuring that responders understand the impact, the terminology used, and actions required will ensure a more rapid and coordinated response.

The Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response course, is a self-paced, web-based resource that overviews key concepts pertaining to a response to livestock and poultry disease emergency. It highlights the actions needed to detect, contain and control these diseases to better prepare responders for their tasks during the response.

Target Audience

This is an awareness level course open to anyone involved in animal disease responses – veterinary and animal health responders, livestock or poultry producers and industry groups, emergency management, wildlife management, as well as traditional responders (e.g., law enforcement, fire, or public works).


The cost for the course is $100. The course is self-study. Participants will have 30 days to access and complete the course.

Course Details

This course consists of two interactive lessons:
(1) Steps in an Animal Disease Emergency, and
(2) Response Tasks

Five case studies are provided as supplements to the information learned in the course, and to highlight real life responses:
(1) Foot and mouth disease
(2) Avian influenza
(3) African swine fever
(4) New World screwworm
(5) Virulent Newcastle disease

Resources for additional information and training are also provided throughout the course.

The course is completely web-based and self-study. You do not need to be online at any specific time. Access the materials whenever it is convenient for you. Work at your own pace, take breaks when you need to.

Each lesson takes around 60 minutes to complete and includes a corresponding study guide and quiz.

A certificate of completion is provided upon completion of the two lesson quizzes. A score of 70% or better must be achieved on each quiz to obtain the completion certificate.

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 from Iowa State University completed her MPH degree from the University of Iowa, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Veterinary Continuing Education Credit

This course provides current information and resources on emergency response measures for animal disease emergencies and 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 .




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.