Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response

Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response


  • Overview of the response to livestock and poultry disease emergencies
  • 4 hours RACE CE
  • 90 days access — immediate access, instructions included in receipt


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

Course Details

Course Content

Two interactive lessons:

  1. Steps in an Animal Disease Emergency, and
  2. Response Tasks

Case studies 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.


All course work is completed online via self-study. You do not need to be online at any specific time. Work at your own pace.

Each of the two lessons takes around 60 minutes to complete. There is a corresponding study guide and short quiz.

CE Credit

You earn a completion certificate by scoring 70% on the quizzes.

Approved by AAVSB RACE for 4 hours CE: Veterinarians or Veterinary Technicians.

Program Number: 20-847069
Category: Medical Program

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.