Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals

Looking for a 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.

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Course Details

Course Dates:
July 25 – Sept 30, 2018.  Work at your own pace, no specific time commitment required.

$250. Includes up to 46 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit and the Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals textbook (a $75 value).

Course registration is currently closed.

Target Audience:
Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and any other individuals interested in high consequence animal diseases and the response to such diseases.

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 answer 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  and can earn as many or as few CE hours as desired. The assignments for each week constitute 7 - 8 units CE.

Dr. Hostetter will be available online to answer questions from July 25 - September 9, 2018.

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

Continuing Education Credits:
We have applied for CE approval (46 CEU) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE). This course is considered non-interactive distance and has content in both the Scientific, and Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development categories. This approval is valid in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE. Participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.

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 been used and improved for over 16 years. More than 75% of participants rate the course an 8 or above out of 10. Here are comments from several recent users:

"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 refresher 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.


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


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