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? Taking the web-based course Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals, used at all U.S. veterinary colleges, and earn up to 46 non-interactive, continuing education hours.

Course registration is currently closed.

Course Dates:
The course will be open July 31 - October 30, 2019.  A syllabus is provided with a recommended assignment schedule to complete the course in six weeks. However, you can work at your own pace, and there is no specific time committment required; the course will close on October 30, 2019.

$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 the response to them, and scenarios where participants must consider endemic diseases and foreign animal diseases in a variety of clinical situations. Each component of the course has a short open book quiz that must be completed in order to earn CE credit.

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.

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 mental health impact of disaster response

Diseases Covered:

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

Continuing Education Credits:
The course is approved for up to 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 Feedback

This course been used for continuing education for many years and is continuously improved. 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: Didn't 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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