Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals

Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals


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  • The course is about transboundary and emerging diseases of animals (TEDAs)
    • general concepts related to such diseases,
    • overview of the planned U.S. response to such diseases,
    • and scenarios where foreign animal diseases should be considered in addition to endemic diseases.
  • This program has been approved for up to 36 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE® approval.
  • Work at your own pace.
  • You do not need to be online at any specific time.
  • You will have access to the course through June 30th, 2024.

Registration closed


The TEDA course includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease outbreaks and the response to them, and scenarios where participants must consider endemic diseases and foreign animal diseases in a variety of clinical situations. By taking this course, which is used at all U.S. veterinary colleges, you can now earn up to 36 non-interactive, continuing education hours.


Course Details

Course Topics

  • Causes and consequences of TEDAs
  • Introduction, transmission, and prevention of TEDAs
  • Fundamentals of biosecurity practices
  • Cleaning and disinfection of animal health settings
  • Agencies and individuals involved in response to a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak
  • Roles and responsibilities of veterinarians in an FAD outbreak

Diseases Covered:

  • Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Swine Fevers: African and Classical
  • Influenza (Avian, Canine, and others)
  • Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy
  • Foulbrood
  • Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease
  • and more


You can work at your own pace. You do not need to be online at any specific time. Participants in last year’s course reported working an average of 27 hours with a range of 10-60. Each lesson, disease outbreak, and scenario has a short quiz that must be completed in order to earn CE credit. You can refer to course content while taking the quiz. Optional study guides are available to help you focus on each lesson’s learning objectives and prepare you for the quiz.


Jenna Bjork, DVM, MPH

Gayle Brown, DVM, PhD

Lead Public Health Veterinarians

Center for Food Security and Public Health

Continuing Education Credits

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 5.5 – 6.5 units CE.

This program has been approved for 36 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE® approval. This course is considered anytime, non-interactive distance education.


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Select Comments from Past Participants

This course has been used for continuing education for many years and is continuously improved. More than 75% of participants rate the course a 7 or above out of 10. Here are comments from several recent users:


“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.”


“It was a great refresher course on FADs and a great learning opportunity on general response plans to FAD-suspect cases of animal disease.”


“Self paced with the ability to leave and return to modules. This is very helpful in managing duties at work.”


“The interactive and creative style of the lessons helped keep me interested and engaged.”


“I liked everything, no criticism of any kind. It was thoughtful to produce the training. It was comprehensive, reasonable in length, very informative, well organized, and thoroughly referenced.”


Additional information

Target Audience

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, regulatory officials, and any other individuals interested in high consequence animal diseases and the response to such disease agents.

Course Schedule

A syllabus is provided with a recommended assignment schedule to complete the course in six weeks. However, you can work at your own pace, so some individuals may complete the course in a shorter time. There is no specific time commitment required.