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Training

The EuFMD Commission has a number of training options.

The  ‘Real-Time’ Training Program which is an intensive, 4 day program of clinical FMD investigation for the recognition and sampling of animals for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). Participants receive intensive class-room training for one day followed by 2-3 days of visiting suspect outbreaks, carrying out a full investigation of suspected cases and collection of epi-information, testing of samples onsite or at a laboratory equipped to undertake ELISA and penside tests for virus and antibody, and analyses to trace the movements of animals and to trace source and spread of infection. The objectives are to train veterinarians from EuFMD Member State and non-EuFMD states in Europe (EU members or western Balkan countries) in the skills required to undertake clinical and epidemiological inquiries of suspected FMD cases; to establish a network of veterinarians in Europe and the neighbourhood who can contribute to improving the training materials, share best practises and improve the contingency planning for FMD, and contribute to the wider debate on FMD control policies; and to develop a bank of online resources that will assist the MS, and any interested party, in training of veterinary staff in FMD diagnostic and investigation procedures, and which will assist to validate/review new diagnostic procedures that become available during the training, (such as use of thermal imaging cameras to detect febrile animals, and those with feet lesions). 

The tools used include a Training Manual, which evolves thanks to participant input, short video-diaries of the training, how-to videos (probang sampling, procedure for penside tests) and written reports of the investigations containing valuable data on performance of tests. 

The Eufmd has also implemented a four-week online training course on Foot and Mouth Disease Emergency Preparation course (FEPc) The course is studied entirely online, and will take approximately ten hours to complete. Between 75-100 participants take the course at the same time, and it is open for four weeks. The course opens with  a live interactive webinar, where trainees meet their trainers, and are introduced to the course, and to foot-and-mouth disease. Trainees then study four interactive online modules, which include a number of photographs, videos and self-test questions. During the course, EuFMD expert trainers are available through a discussion forum to answer questions from the trainees, and to lead interactive discussions. Towards the end of the course there is a second live interactive webinar, to discuss interesting topics raised during the course in more detail. At the end of the course all trainees must complete a comprehensive assessment. Successful trainees are provided with a certificate, and records of completion passed to the sponsoring body.

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The EuFMD focusses on online training courses to fight FMD.  A four week long online training course took place in November (...