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The USDA’s National Veterinary Accreditation Program has assigned accreditation renewal dates to more than 20,000 equine veterinarians. These sessions will apply specifically toward the mandatory training requirements for accreditation renewal.

Although these courses do not have RACE approval for CE, state boards generally accept these courses when used for license renewal.

Monday, November 20

8:00 a.m. Role of Agencies: Health Certificates - Todd Behre

Upon completion of this module, an accredited veterinarian will be able to:

  • list the state, federal, and international agencies that an accredited veterinarian may interact with;

  • communicate with the appropriate agency and/or personnel to obtain assistance with accreditation duties;

  • explain the role of an accredited veterinarian involved with animal movement, both interstate and internationally; and

  • describe how to locate and properly complete federal origin health certificates and supporting documents for animals traveling internationally.


9:00 a.m. Overview of Foreign Animal, Program, and Reportable Diseases - Mike Pruitt

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • define foreign animal, USDA Program, and reportable diseases;

  • describe the safeguards that help prevent FADs from entering the U.S.;

  • outline the steps in a foreign animal disease investigation;

  • list the USDA programs for controlling or eradicating diseases in various species of livestock and poultry;

  • recognize the additional training opportunities available to accredited veterinarians;

  • report foreign animal and reportable diseases; and

  • locate additional resources and learning opportunities.


10:00 a.m. Preventing Disease Introduction & Spread - Hallie Hassel

As an accredited veterinarian, one of your many roles and responsibilities is to ensure disease is not introduced or spread among animal populations. Veterinarians providing education about zoonotic diseases is another important responsibility. This can include instituting biosecurity protocols, proper disinfection procedures, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with animals. This module will review concepts that are essential to prevent and control the spread of infectious disease agents.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • describe disease prevention practices that limit exposure to animals and humans;

  • select job-appropriate PPE to minimize zoonotic disease exposure and fomite spread;

  • implement appropriate cleaning protocols and select effective disinfectants for different situations;

  • implement basic biosecurity practices for veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and livestock facilities; and

  • access additional resources for infection control practices including appropriate PPE selection.


11:00 a.m. International Movement of Horses - Byron Schick & Roslyn Biggs

This module provides information specific to the international movement of horses and complements NVAP Module 2: Role of Agencies and Health Certificates.

Upon completion of this module, an accredited veterinarian will be able to:

  • describe the economic importance of the United States horse industry;

  • talk with their clients about the risk of international travel leading to global spread of disease; and

  • locate resources to ensure that all horses exported from the United States meet the import requirements of the destination country as well as the return import requirements of the United States for those moved temporarily to destination countries.


1:00 p.m. Animal Disease Traceability - Mike Pruitt

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • explain the aspects of ADT to clients and the public;

  • list the official identification devices and methods used for different livestock species;

  • explain why documentation of interstate movement of livestock is necessary for effective traceability;

  • locate the regulations governing the interstate movement of different species of livestock; and

  • describe the responsibilities of an accredited veterinarian with respect to ADT, specifically Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 86 and Part 161.


2:00 p.m. Animals' Fitness to Travel - Brian Lalaerde

This module describes how to assess an animal’s fitness to travel and explains the appropriate action that should be taken for animals that are found unfit for transport. This module also discusses suggestions that can be made to the livestock producer to enhance the general well-being of animals during transport.

After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • discuss the role of the accredited veterinarian when evaluating the fitness of an animal to travel;

  • describe how to perform an inspection or examination of an animal to determine if it is able to be transported; and

  • explain steps that can be taken to make livestock transportation more comfortable and safe for animals.


3:00 p.m. Animal Welfare: An Introduction - Hallie Hassel

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • explain why animal welfare is an important part of an accredited veterinarian's regulatory activities;

  • define animal welfare in a comprehensive way;

  • explain how to assess and evaluate an animal's welfare; and

  • identify the opportunities and challenges that exist in protecting an animal's welfare.