The web-based course Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA) will this year be offered July 13-August 22, 2015. The course has been approved for 18 hours of Continuing Education (CE) through RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards).

This online course, currently used at all US veterinary schools, can be taken by anyone interested in high consequence animal diseases and the response to them. The course, administered through the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University, is an excellent refresher for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, animal health industry employees and government officials.

This course is subsidized with support from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, as well as the CFSPH. This $450 course can now be offered at the reduced price of $150 which includes the companion textbook. To find out more and register, visit the course website.

The course covers the causes and consequences of foreign animal diseases (FAD), how FAD's are transmitted and introduced, the entities involved in a response to a FAD outbreak, what to do if a FAD is suspected, how veterinarians can be involved in a FAD response, and effective communication strategies. It consistently receives high ratings from users.

The course is moderated by Dr. Jesse Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. "Professionals who take this course will gain a better understanding of clinical presentation, diagnosis and response to significant foreign animal diseases, and the role individuals can play in response to them," said Dr. Hostetter.

In order to receive CE, users must pass online quizzes. Participants can interact with the instructor and other students via a message board. All participants will receive a copy of the companion textbook, Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals, 5th edition. An additional fee for to cover postage will be applied for foreign participants.

For more information, visit the CFSPH website, e-mail or call