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Bluetongue virus: eLearning

This course is designed for laboratory staff responsible for implementing diagnostic techniques. However, the courses also include interesting and informative modules of all aspects of BTV and will therefore appeal similarly to those with a general interest in the virus pathogenicity and clinical disease, epidemiology and control. Like other eLearning courses provided by The Pirbright Institute, this course is prepared in English (UK) and will be available for purchase, with online material accessible.

What you need to know

  • Cost: £150 payable via Paypal, Visa or Mastercard (local taxes will be added where applicable).
  • Duration: The course is expected to take six and a half hours to complete. Once purchased, access to the online material is available for 30 days only.

Learning objectives

The course will provide a thorough understanding of current diagnostic techniques for BTV. In addition, the course will discuss the clinical and pathological signs associated with BTV infection, the current distribution and transmission of BTV, and molecular characterisation of the virus.

Course modules

The course comprises of the following modules:

  Module title Duration Test
1. Introductory module; covering the BTV, the disease and the work of the BTV Reference Laboratory at Pirbright 30 minutes 10 questions
2. Pathogenesis and spread of BTV 20 minutes 5 questions
3. Clinical diagnosis of BTV 45 minutes 5 questions
4. Introduction to BTV laboratory diagnosis 20 minutes 5 questions
5. Sample dispatch and receipt 40 minutes 4 questions
6. BTV virus detection 30 minutes 6 questions
7. BTV serology 30 minutes 6 questions
8. Further characterisation of BTV by sequencing 20 minutes 3 questions
9. An introduction to quality assurance 15 minutes 7 questions
10. Biosafety and biosecurity in the BTV laboratory 90 minutes 17 questions

A certificate will be awarded to individuals successfully completing all modules of the course.

About the trainers

The BTV eLearning course was produced by experts working within the Non-Vesicular Disease Reference Laboratory at The Pirbright Institute.

How to apply

To purchase access to this course for one month please email pirbright.training@pirbright.ac.uk. Our training team will be in contact with you to arrange access to our online learning portal where you will be able to purchase the course using PayPal, Visa or Mastercard.


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