Foot-and-mouth disease information for veterinarians

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal disease that would have a severe impact on both the livestock industry and the Australian economy should an outbreak occur.

Australia is currently free from FMD. Veterinarians play a key role in recognising and reporting suspected cases of FMD.

This guide:

  • provides an overview of FMD
  • describes the clinical signs of FMD and how to diagnose it (including photo galleries by species)
  • explains how to report and respond to suspected cases of FMD
  • outlines ways to prevent FMD.