Topic outline

This course provides an overview of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) recognition in either a FMD-free country or in a country where the disease is endemic. It presents the clinical signs of FMD, as well as routes of transmission, diagnosis, control and prevention measures.


This e-learning course is intended for:

  • Government veterinarians
  • Private veterinarians
  • Livestock industry members
  • Farmers
  • Veterinary students

  • Importance of emergency preparedness for, and early detection of, FMD outbreaks.
  • Pathogenesis of FMD, clinical signs, routes of transmission and outbreak investigation.
  • Samples that should be collected to enable laboratory diagnosis of FMD.
  • Biosecurity principles to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Control measures that would be applied in the event of an FMD outbreak.

  • Lesson 1 – Significance: How important is FMD?
  • Lesson 2 – Biosecurity: Starting with the end in mind
  • Lesson 3 – Diagnosis: Is this FMD?
  • Lesson 4 – The disease: Identifying the source and transmission
  • Lesson 5 – Leaving the farm: Don’t be a carrier!
  • Lesson 6 – Control strategies: What happens now?

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      • Digital Badge Certification

        To be granted a digital certification from the FAO elearning Academy, you will have to take the final evaluation exam after you’ve finished a course.

        Our digital badge certifications verify that you have achieved the learning outcomes and competencies outlined in FAO e-learning courses.

        What is a digital badge?
        Digital badges are online visual representations of learned skills and achievements earned in learning environments. They have already been adopted widely across a range of sectors and are being used to recognize both accredited and non-accredited learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings.
        Badges can be displayed wherever earners want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

        According to the different learning path chosen at the beginning of the course, please click on one of the links below to start the test either for an FMD-free country, or an FMD-endemic country.