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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.

Tuesday, December 10

8:00 a.m. Overview of Foreign Animal, Program, and Reportable Disease

  • define a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Health Program disease, and reportable disease;

  • describe the safeguards that help prevent FADs from entering the United States;

  • outline the steps in a FAD investigation;

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

  • recognize the additional training opportunities available to AVs;

  • report FADs and other reportable diseases; and

  • locate additional resources and learning opportunities.

9:00 a.m. Preventing Disease Introduction and Spread

  • 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.

10:00 a.m. Vesicular Disease

  • understand the economic impact of a vesicular disease outbreak;

  • name vesicular diseases that could affect the United States;

  • apply biosecurity measures specific for vesicular diseases;

  • recognize the clinical signs associated with vesicular diseases; and

  • learn how to report a possible vesicular disease case.

11:00 a.m. International Movement of Horses

  • describe the economic importance of the U.S. equine industry;

  • recognize that international travel of horses is the major contributing factor to the global spread of equine diseases;

  • locate and correctly determine the requirements and procedures that must be completed to export U.S. horses;

  • perform your roles and responsibilities as an accredited veterinarian (AV);

  • recognize that you are solely responsible for all aspects of the documents you sign regardless of who assists you in preparing them;

  • recognize that only you or another AV may perform all of the testing, identification, and immunizations which may be required for horses to travel; and

  • fully and properly perform all facets of the export process.

1:00 p.m. Personal Protective Equipment for Veterinarians

  • identify the PPE needed for everyday situations;

  • explain the differences in protection between a surgical mask and an N95 respirator;

  • perform a brief risk assessment and select appropriate PPE for a given situation; and

  • describe the differences between PPE Levels A, B, C, and D.

2:00 p.m. Animal Health Emergency Response

  • describe opportunities for veterinarians to assist with animal health emergency responses;

  • identify the various roles animal health agencies and organizations have in animal health emergency responses;

  • describe the basics of response planning and coordination (e.g., the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System); and

  • locate additional resources pertaining to animal health emergency response training.


3:00 p.m. Animals' Fitness to Travel

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

  • describe how to perform an inspection or examination of an animal to determine if it is fit to travel; and

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

4:00 p.m. Using Behavior to Assess Animal Welfare

  • identify normal behaviors seen in many animal species under conditions promoting good welfare;

  • describe how sickness behaviors can contribute to improved or compromised animal welfare; and

  • list basic approaches to reducing or eliminating pain and distress in animals.