VET-20005 - Veterinary Epidemiology and Population Medicine
Coordinator: Joshua A Onyango
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module in the second year of the BVetMS programme will demonstrate to students the vital importance of understanding risk factors for disease transmission in populations of animals and their measurement through statistical methods; animal health economics as a way to optimise decision-making with scarce resources; and the interlinkage between human, animal and ecosystem health through the `One Health┐ concept.
This module addresses the following RCVS underpinning knowledge:
Research methods and the contribution of basic and applied research to veterinary science.
Awareness of other diseases of international importance that pose a risk to national and international biosecurity.
Veterinary public health issues, including epidemiology, transboundary epizootic diseases, zoonotic and food-borne diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases, food hygiene and technology.

The aims of this module are to ensure students:

Develop a working knowledge of how applied veterinary epidemiology and scientific research contribute to animal health and welfare globally.

Develop a thorough working knowledge of how the state and private veterinary sectors protect and promote animal health and welfare through enzootic and epizootic disease control, and the epidemiological, economic and public health rationale for control or eradication.

Ensure that students can advise on, and implement, preventative programmes appropriate to the species and in line with accepted animal health, welfare and public health standards.

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain veterinary epidemiological methods to describe and analyse risk factors for the spread and control of disease in populations: 1,2
demonstrate the skills required to plan, apply and critically evaluate epidemiological studies surveillance, prevention and outbreak control strategies for a specific disease in animal population: 1,2
utilise quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in the context of veterinary epidemiology research: 1
evaluate the economic rationale and techniques to inform decision-making in animal health: 1
evaluate the role of `One Health┐ approaches to protecting animal, human and ecosystem health: 1

Study hours

Lectures - 21 hours
Tutorials - 18 hours
Supervised online study (GOAL) - 9 hours
Independent Learning - 102 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exam weighted 60%
Exam (2 hours)
Written 2hr examination including short answer and multiple choice questions.

2: Case Study weighted 40%
Case study report on a chosen disease
Present a case study report on a chosen disease. The disease should be infectious to same species. Commonly affects animals species found in the UK or an exotic species. Has multiple occurrences/not isolated case.