Gabe Saldana Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
The second foot-and-mouth disease training event for North America in 2021 complements a comprehensive suite of animal disease mitigation efforts across Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The event takes place online from November 1-10 and is limited to 30 participants.
Foot-and-mouth disease has been eradicated from the United States, Canada and Mexico since 1929, 1952 and 1954, respectively. However, the global threat remains high due to endemic occurrences in many countries in Asia, the Middle East and much of Africa. It also persists in parts of Europe and South America.
âThe need for this training is at an all-time high for American and North American veterinarians working with livestock,â said Elizabeth Parker, DVM, AgriLife Research associate director for operations and strategic initiatives.
The course is part of a Texas A&M AgriLife collaboration with the European Commission for Foot-and-Mouth Disease Control of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, EuFMD. International expert trainers will teach through presentations, small group exercises and full group discussions. They will share concrete experiences in global FMD control and provide practical information to course participants.
âThe EuFMD team met the difficult challenge of transitioning from a real-time, hands-on training course to a virtual version, seamlessly continuing the process of building capacity to recognize and respond to FMD,â said said Keith Sumption, FAO Chief Veterinarian. âI am delighted to see this excellent partnership progress over the years to include staff from industry and academia in addition to government and private practitioners.