Addressing Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) announced a cooperative agreement for the creation of a continuing education program for foreign animal disease diagnosticians (FADDs). CET’s proven record to develop high-quality instructional materials and the USDA’s expertise in addressing foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreaks will provide a sustainable continuing education program for veterinary diagnosticians and animal health technicians.

Elizabeth Clark, laboratory training specialist at the USDA’s Professional Development Services Branch, spearheaded the cooperative agreement and will serve as the USDA project manager for the project. The $306,000, two-year contract from the USDA will result in a series of web-based case studies and training workshop packages that will be utilized by states to conduct FAD training workshops. This recent partnership builds on previous collaborations between the two entities, including the Phytosanitary Regulatory Capacity Building Project and development of the Foreign Animal Disease Investigation Manual.

The USDA works in a variety of ways to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation’s animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. When it comes to safe guarding the country’s agriculture industry from the threat of FADs, the USDA enlists the help of veterinarians from across the United States. These FADDs respond to potential outbreaks, conducting field investigations to rapidly diagnose and contain disease outbreaks before they can spread.

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