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Preparation and Response to Catastrophic Animal Disease:
Removing Critical Obstacles to Readiness in the Western States

Start Date: 4/1/2020 | End Date: 3/31/2022

Project Leadership

The project leaders at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) at UC Davis include:

Bennie Osburn

Bennie Osburn, PI

Michael Payne, co-PI

Sara Garcia, co-PI

WIFSS Project Staff

Heather Johnson,
Instructional Systems Designer


Richard Thompson,
Web Developer and Graphic Designer

Advisory Committee and State Partners

Maurice Pitesky,
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA

Rodgrigo Giardo,
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA

Amanda Murray,
CDFA, Sacramento, CA

Rob Lalum,
CDFA, Sacramento, CA

Mark Bland,
Cutler Associates International, Napa, CA

Debbie Murdock,
Pacific Egg & Poultry Association, Sacramento, CA

Bill Mattos,
California Poultry Federation, Modesto, CA

Kevin Abernathy,
Milk Producers’ Council, Escalon, CA

Francis Pacheco,
Dairy Farmers of America, Modesto, CA

Paul Sousa,
Western United Dairies, Modesto, CA

Lynne McBride,
California Dairy Campaign, Turlock, CA

Denise Mullinax,
California Dairy Research Foundation, Davis, CA

Annette Jones,
State Veterinarian, California

Peter Mundschenk,
State Veterinarian, Arizona

Brad LeaMaster,
State Veterinarian, Oregon

Quick Project Summary

The University of California Davis proposes to develop and deliver on-line tools and training in California, Oregon, and Arizona to improve animal health emergency preparedness and response in those States. The University of California will accomplish this goal by conducting a needs assessment to identify knowledge gaps and training needs. The next step will be to develop an interactive website to guide users through building a biosecurity plan and provide a library of related resources. Anticipated novel content includes interactive on-line plan templates, facility map construction tools, Just-in-Time instructional videos, and templates for SOPs. Once the interactive website is completed, the University of California will deliver three online workshops for regulatory and industry stakeholders in California, Oregon, and Arizona to demonstrate the online tools. 

The three major objectives of the project are:

  1. Complete a comprehensive needs assessment.
  2. Create novel educational tools and biosecurity online learning center.
  3. Deliver demonstration workshops and train-the-trainer exercises.

Quick Project Update

  • Summary of work on the development of novel educational tools and the biosecurity online learning center objective 2:

We have made significant progress towards completing the first two project objectives and would like to provide a brief summary of those accomplishments and milestones here:

  • Summary of work on the comprehensive needs assessment objective 1:

This project is funded by a grant from the USDA’s National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP). © UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety & Security, All rights reserved.