Are you looking for a new and interactive 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 18 RACE approved, continuing education hours.
Course Dates: June 14 - July 28, 2013 (flexible hours, you do not have to be online at a specific time.)
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.
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 3 CE hours for each week of material completed (i.e. tests completed) and can earn as many or as few CE hours as desired. The message board topics relate to the lessons each week.
- 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
- Foot and Mouth Disease
- Classical Swine Fever
- Influenza (Avian, Canine, and others)
- Exotic Newcastle Disease
- Nipah Virus
- Vesicular Disease of Swine
- and more
- 18 hours of Continuing Education (CE) -- approved by RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards)
- Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals textbook (a $70 value)
- Current information on important diseases and emergency response
Jesse M. Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Dr. 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 an Assistant Professor.
This course was offered in 2011 and 92% of the participants rated the course an 8, 9, or 10 out of 10 with 42% 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."
The cost to register for the course is $150. This $450 course is subsidized with support from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. In addition to the 18 hours of RACE approved Continuing Education earned for completing the course, participants will also receive the Emerging and Exotic Diseases textbook (a $70 value).
If you have additional questions, please contact the CFSPH at 515.294.7189 or .
This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 18 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSM RACE Program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.