This is a laboratory based course that is designed for laboratory technicians or those who have limited knowledge of African swine fever virus (ASFV) and who will be responsible for implementing diagnostic techniques within the laboratory. This course is not suitable for research or group leaders. The course focuses on diagnostic techniques including serological, molecular and virological methods of detection. Participants should have an understanding of virology and related methodologies.
What you need to know
Cost: The tuition fee for the course is £2,000. Once a place on the course has been confirmed, delegates will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000. Please note, we will only consider refunding this deposit upon proof of inability to attend the course due to ill health or visa denial - official documentation will be required (eg doctor's letter, Home Office communication etc).
Duration: The course will run for 2 weeks: Dates TBC
Accommodation: Please note that accommodation may not be offered during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Pirbright Institute has access to basic accommodation in shared houses at an additional cost of £30 per night (excluding food). The number of rooms is however limited and availability is on a first come first served basis and cannot therefore be guaranteed. The alternative is for course delegates to use local Bed & Breakfast accommodation which we can help to organise.
Biosecurity: The laboratory operates at BSL3 containment level and delegates will be expected to adhere to tight biosecurity regulations, including a strict three day quarantine period and a shower upon exiting the laboratories daily. Further information will be provided.
Application deadline: TBC (please note that places will be limited).
Course pre requisites
Participants requiring a visa to enter the UK will need a standard visitor visa.
Course material (USB stick and/or online) containing seminars and standard operating procedures will be provided at the end of the course.
About the trainers
The ASFV training course will be hosted by the Non Vesicular Reference Laboratories (NVRL), led by Dr Carrie Batten.
The OIE and national reference laboratories for ASFV form a part of the NVRL at Pirbright and diagnostic tests are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The OIE expert for ASFV, Dr Linda Dixon, and other research leaders will present their most current findings and discuss the implications for disease control.