Emergency Response Preparedness for Foreign Animal Diseases and Mass Livestock Mortalities in North Dakota training

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NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, 663 Hwy 281 N., Carrington, ND 58421

North Dakota State University Extension, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, is hosting an Emergency Response Preparedness for Foreign Animal Diseases and Mass Livestock Mortalities in North Dakota training.

The goal of this training is to better equip local responders with the skills and resources needed to respond to an animal disease outbreak and/or mass livestock mortality. All participants will receive kits with personal protective equipment required to safely conduct farm visits. 

The training will be offered to 200 participants with the option to attend one of two dates at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. The training will be offered on June 11-12, 2024 or September 10-11, 2024. Various continuing education credits are being applied for. 

UPDATE 5/10/24 Continuing Education Credits

Up to 10 Hours of Continuing Education for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians licensed in ND - ND Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner

Emergency managers will receive continuing education credits, hour for hour, which can be applied to their requirement for certification - NDEMA

This hands-on professional development training is specifically geared toward Extension agents, emergency managers and responders, veterinarians and veterinary technicians who may deal with mass livestock mortalities. The training will include a classroom component, as well as hands-on demonstrations. Topics to be covered include: 

  • Overview of Animal Diseases 
  • Continuity of Business Planning (Biosecurity) 
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination 
  • Incident Command Systems, Local Response Roles and Impact Assessment 
  • Humane Endings  
  • Carcass Disposal Site Selection and Methods 
  • Stress Management and Responding to Stressed People 
  • Effective Communication in High Stress Situations 
  • Response Simulation Exercise 


A limited number of hotels rooms have been blocked. Tax exempt is available at each hotel but you will need to provide your proper paperwork. Please note, summer is construction season in small town North Dakota, do not wait until the last minute to book your room. 

Block name - NDSU APHIS Training, State rate of $96.30 and tax exempt available with proper paperwork

Cobblestone Inn and Suites - 835 5th Ave N, Carrington - 701-652-3000 - Release 5/10/2024

Carrington Inn and Suite - 101 4th Ave S, Carrington - 701-652-3982 - Release 5/24/2024

Chieftain Conference Center - 60 4th Ave S, Carrington - 701-652-3131 - Release 5/24/2024

Additional Hotels in surrounding towns including Jamestown, ND - 45 min drive from Carrington


If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Mary Keena or Miranda Meehan. 

Mary Keena                                                        Miranda Meehan 

Mary.Keena@ndsu.edu                                    Miranda.Meehan@ndsu.edu 

701-652-2951                                                     701-231-7683 


Contact Information

Contact Information

Mary Keena

Requests for accommodations related to disability should be made to the event contact person at least two weeks in advance of the event.