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K-State Providing Emergency Response Training For Handling Foreign Animal Disease

Biosecurity Research Institute provides upper-level training for students working with transboundary animal diseases Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Program fellows Fellows in the transboundary animal diseases training program don scrubs and protective outerwear in a teaching laboratory at the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University. From left are Laura Constance, Christopher Holderman, Christian Rittmann, Victoria Ayers and Rachel Palinski.
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Kansas State University is teaching students emergency response in foreign animal disease situations – something a recent graduate of Texas A&M University is taking advantage of.

As The Topeka Capital-Journal reports, Brianna Willis graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and plans to pursue a master’s in epidemiology – the branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health but after completing a six-week internship at K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute, she sees the importance of incorporating emergency planning into her plans.

Ken Burton, program director of the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, located on the K-State campus, said most emergency personnel in rural communities are volunteers and the Animal Disease Response Training program offers training similar to that of Willis’s through a one-day program that helps nontraditional animal disease first responders understand their roles in emergency situations.