Training opportunities in vector borne disease science.

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The U. S. National Tick Collection at the James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science (Georgia Southern University) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases are offering the “3rd Annual Tick Workshop” at Georgia Southern (Statesboro, GA).

Workshop Dates: Postponed until later this year

Topics covered include:

  • Tick systematics, identification, classification, population genetics, phylogeography (morphological and molecular taxonomy).
  • Visit of the U.S. National Tick Collection
  • Tick ecology, behavior
  • Field collecting experience
  • Tick anatomy, physiology
  • Tick surveillance methods
  • Spatial modeling of distribution
  • Tick control
  • Tick-Borne diseases: bacterial (Lyme, rickettioses, anaplasmoses, ehrlichioses), viral, and protozoic, including, clinical aspects, diagnosis, microbiology, ecoepidemiology

For more information and to complete an interest form, see GSU workshop webpage.

The 2020 Biology of Vector-Borne Disease six-day training course offered June 21-26, 2020 through the University of Idaho continues to accept applications for this year’s program. Course organizers recently announced that scholarships will be awarded to selected domestic and international applicants based on qualifications identified in the course application. Awardees will be notified starting March 2020. To learn more about this course and how to apply, visit the course application page.

Soil Acarology will run from June 15-July 3. Week one will be devoted to Mesostigmata and Endeostigmata, the second week to Oribatida, and the third week to Prostigmata. The main emphasis 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.

Medical Veterinary Acarology will run July 6-17. Week one 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. This will include discussions of various Mesostigmata, including ectoparasites and nasal mites, Astigmata, including feather mites, Trombiculoidea (chiggers), and miscellaneous Prostigmata. Workshops will be run on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA).

Housing will be available on campus for those interested. Registration is open and can be accessed at

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 announce a new 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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