Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals

Are you looking for a new way to learn more and/or refresh your knowledge about foreign animal diseases and emergency response? By taking the web-based course Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals, used at all U.S. veterinary colleges, you can now earn up to 46 non-interactive, continuing education hours.

Course Dates: Start: July 25, 2018. Dr. Hostetter will be available until September 7, 2018. You will have access to the course material until the end of September, 2018.

Course registration will begin soon! Check back May 30th.

Target Audience

The course is available for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and any other individuals interested in high consequence animal diseases and the response to such diseases. The course does use some disease terminology but most terms are defined in the course material.

Course Details

The Course includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease incursions, and scenarios where participants use differentials to narrow down disease possibilities. The course instructor, Jesse Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP, uses an online message board to stimulate discussion and answer student questions. Each component of the course has a short open book quiz that must be completed in order to earn CE credit.

Specific content is assigned each week. Participants can go through the course at their own pace and are not required to be online at certain times each week. Participants receive CE hours for each week of material completed (i.e. tests completed) and can earn as many or as few CE hours as desired. Each week is worth 7 or 8 hours of CE. The message board topics relate to the lessons each week.

Course Topics:

  • Causes and consequences of foreign animal diseases (FAD)
  • Introduction and transmission of FADs
  • Agencies involved in response to a FAD outbreak
  • Roles and responsibilities of veterinarians in a FAD outbreak
  • Risk communication
  • The psychological impact of FAD response on responders and how to prepare

Diseases Covered:

  • Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Classical Swine Fever
  • Influenza (Avian, Canine, and others)
  • Exotic Newcastle Disease
  • Screwworm
  • Heartwater
  • Monkeypox
  • Nipah Virus
  • Vesicular Disease of Swine
  • and more


  • 46 hours of RACE approved Continuing Education (CE) --
  • Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals textbook (a $75 value)
  • Current information on important diseases and emergency response

Course Instructor

Jesse M. Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Photo of Jesse M. HostetterDr. Hostetter received his DVM from Iowa State University in 1991, and practiced in small animal medicine for 5 years following graduation. He returned to Iowa State University for a combined PhD/Residency program in veterinary pathology. He finished his PhD in 2000 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology) in 2001. Following his pathology training Dr. Hostetter joined the Department of Veterinary Pathology at Iowa State University, where he is currently a Professor.

Course Feedback

This course has previously been offered and last year three quarters of the participants rated the course an 8, 9, or 10 out of 10 with 36% rating it a 10. Here are comments from several users:

Quotes from most recent participants:

"While the disease-specific information was important and well done, the inclusions of non-disease material (communication, risk perceptions, stress, etc.) filled an important gap in preparing people for disease outbreak experiences."

"Flexible time & cost effective: Not affect my daily work, and I believe it's well planned and good for my agency and also for my family as I don't need to travel to take the course."

"Because I am not a veterinarian or trained in a veterinary field most of the information was new to me. It was helpful to have the embedded links with definitions and other helpful resources for information."

"This format makes it easy to fit into a busy schedule."

"it was a great refreshing course on FADs and a great learning opportunity on general response plans to FAD-suspect cases of animal disease."

How much time does it take to complete the course material? Participants in last year's course reported working an average of 30 hours with a range of 10-60. You can work at your own pace. You do not need to be online at any specific time.


The cost to register for the course is $250. In addition to the hours of Continuing Education earned for completing the course, participants will also receive the Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals textbook (a $75 value).


Course registration is currently closed.

This program 671-25654 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 46.00 CE Credits (46.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 46.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (46.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of:
Category One: Scientific
Category Three: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development
using the delivery method(s) of: Non-Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.

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