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China Focussed EuFMD Emergency Preparedness Training Course

In participation with LinkTADs, an online training course was organised by EuFMD on FMD Emergency Preparation over a period of 4 weeks, starting on 21 September 2016. A total of 49 individuals registered from FAO offices as well as various Chinese health and research institutes. 

EuFMD, one of FAO’s oldest Commissions, was established in 1954 to coordinate foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) control within Europe at a time when the disease was ravaging the continent. The course was designed for veterinarians or those involved in the livestock industry who would be involved in diagnosing and investigating an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. It was studied entirely online, and took approximately 10 hours to complete over the 4-week period. The course focussed on FMD in China, and covered the following topics:


• FMD aetiology and pathogenesis

• Clinical diagnosis, lesion ageing

• FMD epidemiology, outbreak investigation

• Biosecurity


The course began with a live interactive webinar, where trainees met the three trainers and were introduced to both the course and foot-and-mouth disease. Trainees then studied five interactive online modules, which included numerous photographs, videos and self-test questions. During the course, EuFMD expert trainers were available through a discussion forum to answer questions from the trainees, and to lead interactive discussions in order to promote active participation.


During the final week of the course there was a second live interactive webinar to discuss interesting topics raised during the training in more detail. At the end of the course all trainees completed a comprehensive assessment, which also included a course review. Successful trainees were then given a certificate and records of completion were sent.

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