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Tick University

This is a hands-on, 3-day training developed for students, public health officials, and vector control professionals looking for a practical introduction to ticks and tickborne pathogen surveillance. The training will provide information on tick identification, ecology, and associated pathogens, as well as field and laboratory practicums.



Tick University is a collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Health and the  Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases Southeast Tickborne Emergent Pathogen Surveillance (STEPS) program. Training is held at the Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services in Nashville, TN and hosted by Dr. Abelardo Moncayo.

We are excited to provide this training for individuals who have career trajectories aligned with public health entomology and those with interest in tick and tickborne pathogen surveillance. Topics to be covered will include practical overviews of tick biology, tick identification, tickborne diseases, and nationally-relevant current topics, as well as hands-on training in field collection methods, tick identification practice, and laboratory processing demonstrations.

The SECVBD provides competitive fellowships to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel. Selected individuals will receive reimbursements of approved accommodation or travel fees, up to $500 per person.