As part of early preparedness efforts for H5N1, The Zoo Animal Health Network and Lincoln Park Zoo created a series of modules to train animal managers on the basics of influenzas in non-domestic species. This training was developed for bird owners and managers: many have had no experience with influenzas in their collection.
The training was designed to be interactive, and basic questions are asked of the training participants. There are also options for more advanced learners within the module. While the training was developed in 2010, much of the information contained is still quite appropriate to newly emerged strains of influenzas.
Of special interest is the module on Active Observational Surveillance, or AOS. Variations of AOS have been used for welfare monitoring at several zoos and aquariums, and it is recommended that you discuss with your veterinarian how AOS could be developed to assist you with observation surveillance to more quickly identify ill collection animals, when many species that make up the exotic animal industry are not handled on a regular basis.
Please note: The modules below are merely archival recordings of the training, and do not maintain the interactive components described above.
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Characteristics
Module 3: Investigation
Module 4: Reporting
Module 5: Management
Module 6: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Module 7: Active Observational Surveillance (AOS)
- Investigation and Diagnostic Considerations for Veterinarians
- Sampling and Shipping Methods for Diagnostic Testing
- Disinfectant Protocols
- Factors to Consider During a Disease Outbreak
- Information for Working with a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD) Team
- Outbreak Management Plan
Active Observational Surveillance (AOS)