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Surveillance Food Laboratory Tech

Course Length

2 Weeks; Class Size: 10

ID Number

321-F18

Registration Fee

None

Description

Provides training to veterinary personnel responsible for the operation of the Veterinary Equipment Set (VES) Field Microbiology and VES Food Testing Sets Kits and Outfits (SKO) for the Veterinary Service Table of Equipment (TOE) Procurement and Surveillance Teams and the Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) mission at the Public Health Command Districts in support of worldwide Department of Defense Veterinary Service missions in the contemporary operating environment (COE). The objective is to standardize the background information as well as standardization of techniques and procedures; to provide continuous updates and principles in new and emerging methodologies and technologies.

This course is designed to give junior enlisted and designated civilian technicians the technical tasks, knowledge, and skills to conduct rapid and automated tests for indicators of food safety and wholesomeness at surveillance food laboratories in accordance with the US Army Surveillance Food Laboratory Program Guide (SFLPG). Training includes the use and limitations of the assays; equipment use and maintenance; supplies and inventory; results determinations, recording, and interpretations; presumptive positive results; and formal reporting of results. The majority of the course consists of hands-on technical wet labs; culminating in the grading of laboratory worksheets and oral reporting of results.

The awarded training certificate meets the training requirement towards FADL designation as a certified Surveillance Food Laboratory Technician in accordance with (IAW) the SFLPG. Individual subjects and laboratory methodologies emphasized are dependent on the changing technology and mission of the COE.

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


Prerequisites

Course geared toward Active and Reserve Components. Veterinary Food Inspectors in the rank of Private (PV2) and above with at least one year of service in the 68R MOS; or assigned DA civilian personnel who are designated as or will be designated as surveillance food laboratory technicians within a Veterinary Service TOE Headquarters or squad; Public Health Command District HQ, branch, or section; or Forces Command unit where the portable rapid and automated screening equipment (or equivalent) is deployed.

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.


Sponsor

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


Remarks

1. Students with immunocompromised conditions, including pregnancy or potentially pregnant, are not allowed to attend this course. Culture methods of food products are used throughout the course. Although no pathogens are intentionally added during the course, and the capabilities to isolate and identify pathogens is not part of the course; it cannot be guaranteed that pathogens were not present within the food or bottled water samples at the time of procurement, allowing their potential presence during general laboratory culture techniques.


 


2. 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.


 


3.  The awarded training certificate meets the training requirement towards Department of Defense Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL) designation as a certified Surveillance Food Laboratory Technician IAW the US Army Surveillance Food Laboratory Program Guide.


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