Kansas State University (CEEZAD BSL-3 Training), KS

Description of Elective Experience: 

The CEEZAD BSL-3 Training/Transboundary Animal Diseases Summer Program is designed to introduce graduate, DVM and upper-level undergraduate students to high-containment training and to provide current practical and scientific information on select high consequence transboundary and zoonotic diseases. In addition, this program also provides insight into challenges associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic and into methodologies, tools and partnerships that could help us better respond to future pandemics.

The program is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and is directed at highly motivated students with a demonstrated career interest in transboundary and zoonotic diseases of animals. The two-week program consists of one week of intensive, hands-on and classroom training at the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI; website) at Kansas State University and with virtual presentations from area industry partners and seminars/lectures from national and international subject matter experts in high containment research and transboundary animal diseases during the second week.

Institutional and Educational Resources - staffing, equipment, etc.: 
  • To provide training on essential practices to safely conduct research in a BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag environment
  • To provide current practical and scientific information on select high-consequence transboundary animal diseases including activities to be conducted at the future National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)
  • To introduce students to the role of industry in infectious disease research and translation to commercial products
  • To provide networking opportunities with peers and subject matter experts in the field of high-containment research and transboundary diseases of animals 
Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 

M-F approximately 8 am to 6pm each day for 9 days.  last day is 8am to 12 pm.

Student Housing (include costs, amenities, pet friendly, contact info if different from elective contact info): 

There is a discounted rate of $50 per night if the student chooses to elect to pay for this housing.

Juergen Richt
Contact email: 
1800 Denison Ave Mosier Hall Room P200
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States
Practice or Institution Type: 
Is student housing available?: 
Hours of supervision by a licensed veterinarian per week: 
no licensed veterinarian