It seems like we have lost focus on the threat of foreign animal diseases (FADs) with the whole pandemic thing going on. However, the threat does not go away. There are still preparations being made for identification and prevention. To that end, the IowaFADefense program has been launched to train veterinarians around the state on the identification and testing of some FADs.
Audio: Full Interview with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig on IowaFADefense
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the IowaFADefense program will increase the numbers of veterinarians who will able to effectively help the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the United States Department of Agriculture respond in the event of an outbreak.
Naig says that the first priority is preventing a FAD from ever reaching our soil, but also to be prepared to contain and react at a moment’s notice should one appear.
The training will cover recognition, sample collecting, and biosecurity measures.
Veterinarians need to sign up by June 5th and go do so by clicking right here.