2020 Dodd Short Courses


Since 1984, when Glenn Dodd organized the training courses for mosquito control professionals, the Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) has recognized the importance of providing world class training to those on the front lines of mosquito control.

The FMCA will continue to support the increase of knowledge, collaboration, and diligence – all attributes that Glenn Dodd stood for. These characteristics are what the Dodd Short Courses are all about.

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Glennon David Dodd, 1948-1991

Glenn Dodd was, for 10 of the 15 years that he was in mosquito control, the Assistant Director at Indian River Mosquito Control District, in Vero Beach, Florida. To those who knew him well, and for those who now know him only by name, he was much more than an Assistant Director. He was the first to recognize that organized mosquito control had to develop a comprehensive employee training program. Glenn was the force that initiated formal training for mosquito control personnel in Florida. He called upon his substantial intellect, his colleagues, especially Jim Robinson of Pasco County Mosquito Control District and Bill Opp at the HRS/DACS, his friends, and a wide variety of professionals from throughout the country to organize and present the first collection of formal continuing educational courses at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach during the fall of 1984.

The six courses taught that year were presented as group discussions and covered a variety of mosquito control topics including surveillance, larvicides, adulticides, application equipment, and emerging computer technology. Participants during this inaugural year were primarily directors and biologists from a number of Florida mosquito control programs who were not at all shy about vigorously discussing the important issues of the day.

What started as a simple meeting in 1984, blossomed into one of the largest and most rigorous presentations of Continuing Education Units for mosquito control and public health workers in the country. Every year, approximately 30 courses are offered that range from half a day to four days in length. Each year, those of us on the Dodd Short Course Committee remember Glenn and the humble beginnings of the Dodd Short Courses. The Dodd Short Course Committee is dedicated to maintaining the structure and quality of the course offerings for one week every winter. 

Glenn Dodd would be proud of what the Dodd Short Course presentations have become. Naming the courses for Glenn, after his sudden and tragic death in 1991, was not simply a gesture of thanks and recognition of Glenn’s contributions to mosquito control. His name is a constant reminder to everyone associated with the courses of the high standards and ideals that he personified. The Dodd Short Course Steering Committee sincerely hopes that the course offerings for this year that are described in this brochure meet your training needs and expectations.