The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)

Real-time Training

Real time training courses provide a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the diagnosis and investigation of FMD outbreaks. Over 1000 participants from more than 50 countries have benefitted from these courses since 2009. The Real Time courses play a vital role in developing a cadre of personnel who have seen field cases of FMD and have detailed knowledge of FMD diagnosis and outbreak investigation. Additionally, our trainees play an important role in raising awareness of FMD when they return to their home countries, promoting vital early detection of the disease.

What does the course involve?
Courses last one week and take place in countries with endemic FMD, including Turkey, Kenya, Uganda and Nepal. EuFMD works in partnership with the host country veterinary services and provides assistance and training for local FMD control as part of the Real Time program. Veterinarians from the host country take part in each training course.

Pre course v-learning
Trainees complete pre- course v-learning, to provide background knowledge so that the training itself can be as interactive as possible. The v-learning induction course takes approximately five hours to complete.

Group presentations and discussions
The course itself allows participants to put their newly acquired knowledge of FMD pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis, lesion ageing, taking correct samples, laboratory diagnostics, outbreak investigation, epidemiology and personal biosecurity into practice. Classroom sessions are interactive and problem based and there is plenty of opportunity to cover topics of interest in more depth.

Field visits
Trainees visit a current FMD outbreak; apply full biosecurity measures, examine affected animals, take laboratory samples and carry out epidemiological interviews with farmers. They also conduct a local area survey in an area recently affected by the disease leading to an understanding of risk factors for local spread of the disease.