Emergency Responses in Animal Health

Develop your expertise in understanding and responding to animal disease emergencies.

Explore animal disease emergencies and their impact across 1-2 weeks of residential learning and up to 120 hours of self-paced online study. From field work and reporting to management and decision-making, you will learn how to how to respond to animal health emergencies through a series of command-and-control structures.

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Location Online and Bundoora Campus
Date/sMonday 24 January to Friday 28 January 2022
Duration 1-2 weeks of residential face-to-face learning at our Bundoora Campus, plus additional self-paced online learning
Registrations close 5:00 pm on Sunday 9 January 2022
Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification Certificate of Completion
Fee/s $1,000.00 + GST

La Trobe’s short course in Emergency Responses in Animal Health is designed to provide professional development opportunities for animal health professionals such as Animal Health Officers and Paraveterinarians.

Developed in collaboration with major employers in the biosecurity industry, this course trains you on the impact of animal disease emergencies and how to respond through a series of command-and-control structures. You will graduate equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to further your career in animal health.

During this course you will explore topics such as preparedness and planning, information flow and analysis, common operating procedures and control and eradication strategies for various diseases.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion and access to further professional development opportunities within La Trobe’s comprehensive range of short courses in our animal health suite.

Course content

The course covers the following aspects of animal disease emergencies:

  • Disease emergencies and their impacts
  • Command and control structures in emergencies
  • Preparedness and planning
  • The mechanics of a disease response, including “battle routine”, information flow & analysis, the common operating picture, control and eradication strategies for various diseases, reporting, field work and management, decision-making.

As the material presented is practical it can immediately be applied in emergency situations. It draws on a body of knowledge ranging from military procedures to veterinary science and management skills. On completion of this course, the expected learning outcomes state that the student will be able to:

  1. Participate in, and take responsibilities within, animal health emergency responses
  2. Lead discussions on responding to epidemic disease incursions
  3. Provide authoritative advice on animal health emergencies to stakeholders


Dr. Roger Paskin

Dr. Roger Paskin is an expert in the field of animal health who runs his own animal health consultancy in Adelaide, South Australia. Dr. Paskin is a qualified veterinarian with field, management, and advisory experience across public and private sectors in locations across the globe including Africa and Australia. Dr. Paskin has worked with an array of animal health providers including the United Nations, the Ministry of Agriculture in Namibia, the Dept. of Primary Industries in both Victoria and South Australia and is a former board member of CEBRA (Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis).


Prof. Grant Rawlin

Professor Rawlin is an Adjunct Professor in La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences and is a leading researcher in the field of veterinary pathobiology. Currently working at Agriculture Victoria in the DJPR (Dept. Jobs, Precincts and Regions), Professor Rawlin has extensive professional experience across animal health topics including emerging infectious diseases, animal parasitology and infectious disease epidemiology.

Prof. Michael Stear

Professor Stear is a leading academic in La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, specialising in animal biology. Professor Stear has provided major breakthroughs in the understanding of parasitic infections in farm animals (primarily sheep) and maintains expertise across many fields of animal health including genetics, parasitology, immunology, and epidemiology. Professor Stear is also a specialist in statistics relating to the diagnosis of disease in animals.

Prof. Travis Beddoe

Professor Travis Beddoe is an experienced lecturer within La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences where he established a laboratory focused on livestock-pathogen interactions. Professor Beddoe’s research concentrates on aiding animal health with a focus on field-based diagnostics, and molecular understanding of glycans and glycan-binding proteins in disease pathogenesis and vaccine development. With diverse experience across both plant biochemistry and animal biology, Professor Beddoe has held research positions in several prestigious research centres across Victoria and gained numerous fellowships including with NHMRC CDA and Pfizer Australia.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information

E: executive_professional_education@latrobe.edu.au

T: 1300 135 045


This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.