2. Animal Disease Response Training: Kansas State University National Agricultural Biosecurity Center

February 11, 2019
8:00 am  -  12:00 pm

Craig Beardsley, MS, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Ken Burton, DVM, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

It is estimated that more than 100,000 veterinary and non-veterinary responders would be needed over time in a large-scale Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. USDA/APHIS statistics show that over 3,200 state, federal, and contracted personnel were involved in just the first six months of response to the recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak. These numbers reflect a serious challenge to provide adequate veterinary and non-veterinary personnel trained in animal disease response. Individuals in the animal health industry (feedlot cowboys, livestock producers, rendering and packing plant employees and extension personnel), animal health companies, and local emergency response personnel, if properly trained, can provide a valuable source of qualified animal disease response personnel in the event of a high-consequence transboundary animal disease outbreak. This course provides information needed to minimize effects of such an outbreak. Instructors will focus on best practices and safety issues associated with an agriculture emergency, including quarantine, biosecurity, euthanasia and disposal, use of personal protective equipment, and cleaning and disinfection. This course also assists in increasing coordination of responders across jurisdictions, lines of authority, and disciplines by examining the integration of response efforts.


  • Explain the need for pre-planning and animal disease response training
  • Restate the best practices for responding to an agricultural disease emergency
  • Describe the needs and actions necessary to ensure coordination between responders from various disciplines, agencies and governmental levels

Suggested Background: Familiarity with animal health industry

Target Audience: Responder groups including, but not limited to, Emergency Management Agencies, Emergency Medical Services, Veterinarians, Agriculture Emergency Responders, Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, Producers, Agricultural Industries, Public Health, Public Works, Environmental Agencies, Elected Officials

Audience Level: Basic

Session Category :  2019  Monday  Professional Development Courses