Emergency Poultry Disease Response (EPDR) Certificate Course


I am thrilled to be participating in the 10th annual Emergency Poultry Disease Response and Certificate Course held at the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Newark, Delaware.  The course combines science, policy, and hands on experience in the key areas involved in emergency response for animal agriculture.  I am honored to be one of a diverse and varied group of faculty and professionals, from universities, regional departments of agriculture, the poultry industry and USDA delivering the class content.

Dates: Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22, 2018

Program Description

The University of Delaware Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate Course:

1. Teaches U.S. and international professionals about preparedness planning, biosecurity and assessment tools, and rapid response techniques and technology – the three critical aspects of successfully managing an outbreak of potentially catastrophic poultry disease.

2. Gives participants the opportunity to engage with fellow poultry veterinarians and agricultural professionals from around the U.S. and the world.

3. Provides participants the opportunity to learn Continuing Education (CE) credits for license renewal purposes.

The EPDR training program is an intensive 5-day program, taught in English, for 16 to 22 participants held at the UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Newark, Delaware.

Using a mixture of seminar, discussions, and hands-on technology demonstrations, the Certificate program’s instructors will cover: understanding the influenza virus, surveillance, biosecurity, outbreak response and control, incident command structures, protecting the responder, depopulation, disposal, composting, and decontamination. The training program presents and utilizes the “Delaware model,” which emphasizes close cooperation between government, industry and educational institutions to manage avian influenza outbreaks utilizing best management practices and technologies related to controlling outbreaks of avian influenza and other catastrophic disease outbreaks.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate program participants will receive a Certificate in Emergency Poultry Disease Response from the University of Delaware and earn continuing education units (CEU) necessary for professional re-certification requirements, such as veterinary or veterinary technician continuing education: 3.2 CEUs (32 training hours).

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Gary Flory is an independent adviser who has consulted, written guidance, conducted research and given presentations to national and international audiences on counter-agroterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, carcass disposal, One Health and foreign animal disease response. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has written for a number of journals including recent articles on counter-agroterrorism, the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases and biosurveillance for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He frequently shares his expertise at conferences and training events across the country and around the globe including recent events in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce. He was recently awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership on animal disease response and agroterrorism.

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