Continuing Education

Foot and Mouth Disease Preparedness and Response

Office of Public Engagement

3505 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, MC-002
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
P: (217) 333-2907
F: (217) 333-4628

Lawrence D. Firkins, DVM, MS, MBA Associate Dean for Public Engagement

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September 8-11, 2020 – FMD Preparedness and Response Virtual Exercise

September 8-10: 5:00-8:00 p.m. CST
September 11: Noon-1:00 p.m. CST

Please register early so that you can begin interacting on the learning platform in mid-August.

Are you prepared to work with State and Federal Animal Regulatory Agencies and industry stakeholders during a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak that threatens US livestock production?

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine will host a USDA sponsored online exercise to bring a broad spectrum of livestock industry stakeholders together to work in collaboration to improve our capability to respond to an outbreak of FMD affecting US livestock.

Course will be free of charge due to the generous support of the USDA. Participants will meet virtually 2 to 3 hours daily to share information and brainstorm about response strategies for an outbreak of FMD in a realistic scenario.

Veterinarians who attend the entire event will be able to earn CE for this event based on the amount of time participating. Participants will receive continuing education verification at the end of the event. No partial CE will be awarded.

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Course Directors

Yvette J. Johnson-Walker DVM, MS, PhD
Lecturer, Clinical Epidemiology
Center for One Health Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
Affiliate Faculty UIC School of Public Health

Gay Y. Miller, DVM, MS, PhD
College of Veterinary Medicine
Professor, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Inaugural Professor, College of Medicine

    • Learn the latest information about current FMD response plans
    • Work in small collaborative teams to identify areas for improvement in our local, state, and federal livestock disease response preparedness
    • Participate in the development of updated response plans that may impact your industry
    • Get to know the state, federal, and industry partners that are likely to participate in any disease outbreak response
    • Identify ways in which you can make your business more resilient to an outbreak of livestock disease or other emergencies
    • Illinois Pork, dairy, beef, sheep, goat, and poultry producers
      • Even though poultry aren’t susceptible to FMD an outbreak would potentially have a devastating effect on poultry operations in the affected area.
      • Understand your role and the roles of others in the disease response
      • Make your voice heard with animal health regulators
    • Illinois Production animal and mixed animal practice veterinarians
      • Learn valuable information to help your clients
      • Identify ways to protect your practice from the impact of FMD
      • Obtain continuing education credit at no cost
    • Livestock industry professional organizations and stakeholder groups
      • Advocate for your industry as response plans are being updated
      • Collaborate with regulators on public messaging and marketing plans during an emergency
    • Allied agricultural industries
      • Livestock and poultry feed industry representative
      • Rendering industry
      • Other livestock service industries
    • State and federal animal health regulatory agency personnel
    • State Animal Health Official from states neighboring Illinois
  • Register Now

    Space is limited. Register early.

    Participants must pre-register for the event by Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

    Cancellation Policy

    Written cancellation should be sent to by the registration deadline. We reserve the right to cancel sessions and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of cancellation, the University is not responsible for travel expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

Questions, email the Office of Public Engagement at or call 217-333-2907.