Núcleo de Capacitación en Políticas Públicas

Good Emergency Management Practice (GEMP) in animal health

Modalidad: Autoaprendizaje | Desde el 24-11-21 hasta el 31-12-24

GEMP is a methodology for organizing and improving the capacity of veterinary services and members of epidemiological surveillance networks to prepare for animal health emergency responses. This course aims to support the strategic objective of replacing or complementing face-to-face training. The Good Emergency Management Practice (GEMP) methodology can be disseminated through face-to-face training courses and workshops, trainer training and online training in line with circumstances and needs.

FAO has therefore decided to develop this online version of the training programme on good emergency management practices.

Through this course, we aim to equip countries to develop their expertise and build their capacity to prepare for and respond to an animal health emergency. An animal health emergency in this context means an epizootic disease outbreak of natural or intentional origin or a critical situation resulting from a human-made crisis or natural disaster.

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Course overview


Good emergency management practices (GEMP) in animal health

Type of course:

Self-learning course


30 hours

Course format and methodology:

This is a self-learning course, meaning that each participant takes responsibility for developing their own knowledge. It is organized into five subject-themed units that should be explored in order, i.e. you may only move on to the next unit once you have completed the current one.

The content and activities included in each unit explore a different area, and together the units work towards the achievement of the learning objective. This course will give participants the opportunity to explore concepts, learn about and strengthen procedures, and apply criteria. These subject-themed units aim i) to equip specialized national agencies to better prepare and plan their response to animal health emergencies, ii) to standardize emergency preparedness concepts in terms of vocabulary, methodology, practices and standard operating procedures, and iii) to draw attention to the importance of peacetime (pre-event) preparations for each phase.

The different learning tools and self-guided exercises included in each unit are designed to help participants understand the content. It should take approximately 30 hours to complete this course, though this may vary depending on how much further reading you do. We recommend you undertake three one-hour study sessions per week.

Start of the course:

The course will be available from 24 November 2021.


Target participants:

Mainly veterinarians and trained specialists, animal health services and agencies, inspection agencies (e.g. customs officials), all stakeholders involved in animal health emergency preparedness and response).


Overall objective:

Equip specialized national agencies to better prepare and plan their response to animal health emergencies.

Specific objectives:

  • Present an overview of the evolution of an epidemiological event, the concept of GEMP and its five phases
  • Introduce the peacetime phase of emergency management
  • Introduce the alert phase of emergency management and the corresponding measures
  • Introduce the emergency phase of emergency management
  • Introduce the reconstruction phase of emergency management
  • Unit 1: Introduction to GEMP: General principles, emergency phases and actions
  • Unit 2: Peacetime phase
  • Unit 3: Alert phase
  • Unit 4: Emergency phase
  • Unit 5: Reconstruction phase
Completion requirements:

To pass this course you will have to take a final assessment at the end of the course. The pass mark for the final assessment is 70% and you may attempt this test as many times as you like.

Hardware requirements:

For the correct completion of the course, the participant must have the following minimum technical specifications:

  • PC with internet connection.
  • The quality and speed of browsing and downloading documents will depend exclusively on the connection bandwidth.
  • RAM memory greater than 1GB
  • Free hard disk space: 52 MBytes.
  • 600 MHz or higher processor.
Software requirements:
  • Latest version of Google Chrome web browser, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera, with JavaScript activate
  • Screen resolution of at least 1024x768 pixels (width by height).
  • PDF document reader.
Additional requirements:
  • Competent user of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), email and web browsers.
  • Availability of at least 8 to 10 hours per week for reading and activities. Participants can choose how to schedule their learning. You may enter the virtual classroom at any time you wish. We recommend logging in at least three times a week for to do the reading and activities.


Course Code:



Once they pass the course, participants will be able to automatically download the certificate awarded by FAO RLC on the course platform.

Please remember to save your certificate, as it will not be available for download again once the course has closed.

Better to which it belongs:

BN3: Safe food for everyone
BP3 One Health
BL3 Agriculture and food emergencies

FAO Regional Initiative with which it articulates:


Cluster to which the course is integrated:

1 and 13 (Resilience and Emergency Response)

Responsible officer:

Andrés González

Content Manager:

Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health EMC-AH - Jéssica Kayamori Lopes, Etienne Bonbon, Frederic Poudevigne


If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]