The web-based course, Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals, or EEDA, will be available June 14 through July 28, 2013 for continuing education. The course is approved for 18 hours of continuing education through RACE, or Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, provides support to enable veterinarians, veterinary technicians and others to take the $450 course at the reduced price of $150. Participants receive a copy of the EEDA textbook , a $70 value. To find out more and register, click here. The $150 rate is limited to the first 100 individuals.
The course is part of the USDA's initial accreditation training and has been used for 10 years at US colleges of veterinary medicine and for continuing education. Users consistently give the course high ratings.
The Course includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease incursions, and scenarios where participants use differentials to narrow down disease possibilities. The course will cover causes and consequences of foreign animal diseases like foot and mouth disease and classical swine fever.
The course instructor, Dr. Jesse Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, uses an online message board to stimulate discussion and answer student questions. Each component of the course has a short open book quiz that must be completed in order to earn continuing education credit.
Specific content is assigned weekly. Participants can go through the course at their own pace and are not required to be online at certain times each week. Participants receive three continuing education hours for each week of material completed and can earn as many or as few continuing education hours as desired. The message board topics relate to the lessons each week.
Hostetter emphasizes when and where exotic diseases should be included in a list of differential diagnoses. "Professionals who take this course will have a better understanding of clinical presentation, diagnosis and response to significant foreign animal diseases and the role individuals can play in response to them," Hostetter says.