About the course

This free course has been created by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to provide veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals with information about FMD clinical signs, differential diagnoses, sample collection, sample submission and diagnostics.

Downloadable content and a range of online videos are available throughout to support the course in the areas of sample submission, sample packaging and personal entry/exit procedures. The resources can also be downloaded from the DAF website.

Continuing professional development (CPD) points can be accumulated by completing relevant modules or the whole course. Completion of the course gives Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) members 3 VetEd points.

Please note that the images of infected animals used in the production of this video were obtained from overseas sources.

What you’ll learn

The FMD training for veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals course is recommended for any animal health professionals, especially those that work with FMD-susceptible species.

This course takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete.

Course content

This course will enhance learners’ understanding of FMD and its notification requirements through modules that cover:

  • susceptible species and disease transmission
  • FMD investigation and clinical presentation
  • FMD case definition
  • differential diagnosis
  • notification requirements
  • interim measures following notification to Biosecurity Queensland
  • sample collection and laboratory diagnosis of FMD
  • sample management
  • on-farm biosecurity
  • the role of animal health professionals in an FMD incident response.

While the legislative and notification aspects of the course have a Queensland focus, most of the information is also applicable Australia-wide.


To access this training, you will need to log in to the Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) learning management platform. Access is free and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity. If you are not already a member, then you will need to register and create a new account.

For help with BOLT, please contact [email protected].

Funding acknowledgement

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

For more information on the course, please contact the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries customer service centre via telephone (13 23 25) or email ([email protected]).

delivery method

Online Virtual training conducted entirely through digital platforms, allowing participants to learn remotely.

course provided by

Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Animal Health Australia

Course Length

210 mins




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