Foot and mouth disease. Highly pathegenic avian influenza.

Those are two of the numerous topics to be covered when the University of Tennessee's Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness plays host to a course about Foreign Animal and Emerging Diseases Aug. 11-13 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The event is jointly sponsored with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes speakers with international expertise on foreign animal and emerging diseases as well as researchers from Plum Island Animal Disease Center, according to a university news release.

This training course will provide an opportunity to enhance awareness of foreign animal and emerging diseases for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and extension agents, the release said. Other allied professionals who are responsible for foreign animal disease outbreak control and/or response will find the training beneficial, organizers said. Individuals in private practice, academia, industry, and government are encouraged to attend.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify when a foreign animal or emerging disease should be included on a differential diagnosis list;
  2. Describe new emerging diseases of public health importance to veterinary medicine;
  3. Describe current research findings related to foreign animal and emerging diseases;
  4. Understand key investigation procedures for foreign animal diseases; and
  5. Describe roles and responsibilities related to response to a foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States.

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