FMD Real Time Training – Nepal 2018

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water has entered into an agreement with the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) for the delivery of real-time foot and mouth disease (FMD) training courses in Nepal. Twenty six courses have occurred since 2012, with attendees including government representatives, industry policy reps, veterinarians, stock handlers and others.

WoolProducers Australia has sponsored several fully-funded positions in the training available in March and November 2018.

Selection criteria for candidates:

  • Wool industry and / or supply chain experience including actively work in the field (e.g. farms, livestock markets and abattoirs)
  • Great communication skills and teamwork
  • Relevant training and experience in emergency management, emergency animal disease preparedness and response, animal health education and training, and/or membership of professional organisations.
  • Experience in conducting formal or informal extension activities (e.g. delivering
    presentations, workshops, development of communications material, media interviews
  • You must be prepared to network the FMD preparedness and prevention message on return. Please refer to organisations or extension groups you liaise with regularly and would be able to present information to on your return. Examples might include SFO, RAS committee, Breeder Association, Rotary, etc

If you engage with social media, give a brief description of your activities (e.g. active on livestock groups on
Facebook, active on own Facebook page, twitter, Instagram etc.)

Please provide a career summary (including summary of wool industry experience) and a brief written statement
addressing the selection criteria.

Positions this year may be awarded to candidates based on geographical location to complement previous attendees to ensure the best possible coverage for information on FMD. Young people with at least 3-5 years of experience in the wool industry are particularly encouraged to apply.

At this stage, we have preliminary in-country dates of 12-16 March 2018 and 19-23 March 2018. Please also factor in 7 days quarantine from any property with livestock upon return to Australia. If you are able to meet the above dates and meet some or all of the above criteria, WoolProducers encourages you to apply.

Costs for return economy class airfares, vaccinations, visa, travel insurance, food and accommodation in Nepal are
covered by this sponsorship arrangement. There is a requirement to provide a written report upon return to the Board of WoolProducers and involvement in extension activities. You will join an alumni of Emergency Animal Disease preparedness professionals in the wool industry and have the opportunity to take part in further industry EAD training.

Nominations for the 2018 training program close 18 December 2017. Send nominations to: or for further information telephone Amanda Olthof, Policy Director on 0428 910 275.