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Foot-and-mouth disease: 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 FMDV and will therefore appeal similarly to those with a general interest in the virus pathogenicity and clinical disease, epidemiology and control. This course is available for purchase in English (UK) or French, with online material accessible.

What you need to know

  • Cost: £250 payable via Paypal, Visa or Mastercard (local taxes will be added where applicable).
  • Duration: The course is expected to take eight 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 FMDV. In addition, the course will discuss the clinical and pathological signs associated with FMDV infection, the current distribution and transmission of FMDV, and molecular characterisation of the virus.

Course modules

The course comprises of the following modules:

  Module title Duration Test
1. Introductory module; covering the FMD virus, the disease and the work of the FMD Reference Laboratory at Pirbright 40 minutes 10 questions
2. Pathogenesis and spread of FMD 20 minutes 5 questions
3. Clinical diagnosis of FMD 45 minutes 6 questions
4. Ageing of FMD lesions 30 minutes 7 questions
5. Introduction to FMDV laboratory diagnosis 20 minutes 6 questions
6. Sample dispatch and receipt 40 minutes 4 questions
7. FMD virus detection 60 minutes 7 questions
8. FMD virus detection in the field 20 minutes 3 questions
9. FMD serology 40 minutes 11 questions
10. Further characterisation of FMDV by sequencing 20 minutes 3 questions
11. Further characterisation of FMDV by vaccine matching 30 minutes 6 questions
12. An introduction to quality management 15 minutes 7 questions
13. Biosafety and biosecurity in the FMD laboratory 90 minutes 17 questions

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

About the trainers

The FMDV eLearning training course was produced by experts working within the World Reference Laboratory for FMD (WRLFMD) at The Pirbright Institute. The WRLFMD is responsible for the OIE, FAO and national reference laboratory for FMDV.

How to apply

To purchase access to this course for one month please email 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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