Training opportunities in vector borne disease science.

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CANCELED: The 2020 Biology of Vector-Borne Disease six-day training course offered through the University of Idaho has been canceled due to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. The course will resume next year for June 20-25, 2021.

Dates for the Soil Acarology and Medical Veterinary Acarology courses will be announced on the registration website for this event once determined. The main emphasis of the soil acarology courses will be on identification and systematics of both adults and immatures, but this course will have a strong secondary emphasis on ecology and life-history. The medical veterinary acarology courses will have a concentrated 2-3 days on tick systematics and identification, and the remaining 1.5 weeks will extensively examine all the other groups of vertebrate parasitic mites. Workshops will be run on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA).

Online Professional Development and Training

Our Center of Excellence, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist – program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist – program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists

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The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus


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A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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