"Vet Corps members are required to receive ongoing training, and it was decided to conduct an exercise in the spring of 2006. An Avian Influenza related functional exercise to also involve MDA-AID [Michigan Department of Agriculture, Animal Industry Division] Field Veterinarians and Laborers, and USDA APHIS VS [United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services] Veterinary Medical Officers and Technicians was scheduled for May 8, 2006. The exercise was planned to be a one day functional exercise with morning educational sessions and an afternoon exercise, and was expanded to include an identical day on May 9, 2006 to accommodate the high level of participation. [...] The exercise was designed to enhance the knowledge of participants in morning educational sessions, and to provide a scenario targeted at practicing obtaining appropriate blood and swab samples, observing on-farm biosecurity, and testing a means of communications in the afternoon. The surveillance testing teams were to be comprised of a random mix of participants from the two agencies and the private sector. The educational sessions were to include pandemic flu, wild bird surveillance, the Michigan Avian Disease Response Plan, backyard flocks, bird and sample handling, and reviewing the Incident Command System. "
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