Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager

Course Length

1 Week; Class Size: 24

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This course encompasses the management of a surveillance food laboratory as required to support the unique military mission of the Veterinary Services Table of Equipment (TOE) units and the Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) Public Health Command Districts for food safety and defense. The objective is to standardize the background information, laboratory management, and to provide continuous updates in new and emerging methodologies and technologies and laboratory management principles.

Training includes laboratory roll out, setup and maintenance; personnel certification requirements; familiarization with testing methodologies; review and assessment of laboratory documents; establishing a food testing program and applied targeted testing; evaluation, response, and reporting of laboratory results; and laboratory audits. The majority of the course consists of applied laboratory management wet labs.

The course culminates in a graded practical exercise to demonstrate the ability to perform key laboratory manager tasks, and provides the additional opportunity to receive designation as a certified Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager IAW the SFLPG and as determined by the Director, DOD Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL).  Individual subjects and applied laboratory management topics emphasized are dependent on the changing technology and the mission needs.

This 1-week course conducted at the US Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, TX, is designed for Veterinary Corps Officers, 68R Noncommissioned Officers, and DA civilians to manage surveillance food laboratories and unit level laboratory programs IAW the US Army Surveillance Food Laboratory Program Guide (SFLPG).

Contact AMEDD Center and School Department of Veterinary Science at commercial (210) 221-4933 or DSN 471-4933.


This course is geared toward Active and Reserve Components. Veterinary Corps Officers, 68R Noncommissioned Officers, or DA civilians designated as surveillance food laboratory managers. Veterinary Corps Officers: Completion of VC Basic Officer Leader Course; Warrant Officers: Completion of 6G-640A, Veterinary Corps Food Safety WO Basic; Enlisted: 68R Sergeant or above, completion of 321-68R10, Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (Basic); DA civilians

Military personnel must meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9. Exceptions to prerequisites to attend the course, other than compliance with AR 600-9, may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Chief, Department of Veterinary Science, ATTN: MCCS-HV, 3630 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.


AMEDD Center and School, Department of Veterinary Science and DoD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL)


1. Course enrollment for AC Soldiers and DA Civilians: provide a DA Form 3838 to the unit chain of command for approval and submission to the Department of Veterinary Science for a valid ATRRS reservation to attend training. Enrollment for RC Soldiers will be processed through their local unit representative. Additional information provided by the Department of Veterinary Science at commercial (210) 221-4933 or DSN 471-4933.

2. Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager Certification certificates will be awarded by the DOD Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL) to students receiving a 90% or greater on all quizzes and 90% or above on the final examination.

3. Course Length is 1 Week; Class Size is 24. Course held once a year in San Antonio, TX.