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Welcome to the Evaluation of Aquatic Animals for Detection of Reportable Diseases and Pathogens module.

Infection with reportable pathogens and diseases not only impacts aquatic animal health but can have implications for trade and transport of aquatic animals regionally, nationally, and internationally. As an accredited veterinarian, you may encounter reportable diseases during facility inspections, health certifications, outbreak investigations, surveillance activities and project monitoring.

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to

  • Access lists of aquatic animal diseases that are reportable to Federal, State, or international governments;
  • Understand your role as an accredited veterinarian in reporting aquatic animal diseases in the United States;
  • Understand the procedures required when conducting veterinary inspections of aquatic animals;
  • Identify common signs of illness and disease in aquatic animal species, specific to finfish, mollusk and crustaceans;
  • Access appropriate diagnostic requirements, and understand the importance of collecting appropriate samples for diagnostic testing; and
  • Understand a general overview of the terms surveillance, monitoring, zoning, and compartmentalization.

Completion of this module is estimated to take 35-45 minutes, but will vary depending on your familiarity with the information presented.