Field Veterinary Epidemiology

Develop your expertise in field veterinary epidemiology and how to manage animal disease outbreaks.

Explore how field veterinary epidemiology can be used to investigate and manage small- or large-scale animal disease outbreaks. Become equipped with the tools required for immediate assessment and identification of animal disease and learn management methods of disease control at a population level.

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Overview

Location Online and Bundoora Campus
Date/s17 – 21 January 2022
Duration 4 weeks (1-2 weeks of residential face-to-face learning at our Bundoora Campus, plus and additional self-paced online learning)
Registrations close 5:00 pm on 2 January 2022
Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification Certificate of Completion
Fee/s $1,000.00 + GST

La Trobe’s short course in Field Veterinary Epidemiology is designed to provide professional development opportunities for animal health professionals such as Animal Health Officers and Paraveterinarians.

Developed in collaboration with major employers in the biosecurity industry, this course trains you on how field veterinary epidemiology can be used to investigate and manage small- or large-scale animal disease outbreaks. Become equipped with the tools required for immediate assessment and identification of animal disease and learn management methods of disease control at a population level. You will graduate equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to further your career in animal health.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion and access to further professional development opportunities within La Trobe’s comprehensive range of short courses in our animal health suite.

Course content

  1. Overview of disease investigation
  2. Tools for immediate assessment of a disease outbreak at farm, district, or national level
  3. Introduction to methods of management of infectious diseases at a population level
  4. Overview of emergency animal disease management in the face of a disease outbreak.

Author

Dr. Roger Paskin

Dr. Roger Paskin is an expert in the field of animal health who runs his own animal health consultancy in Adelaide, South Australia. Dr. Paskin is a qualified veterinarian with field, management, and advisory experience across public and private sectors in locations across the globe including Africa and Australia. Dr. Paskin has worked with an array of animal health providers including the United Nations, the Ministry of Agriculture in Namibia, the Dept. of Primary Industries in both Victoria and South Australia and is a former board member of CEBRA (Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis).

Presenters

Prof. Grant Rawlin

Professor Rawlin is an Adjunct Professor in La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences and is a leading researcher in the field of veterinary pathobiology. Currently working at Agriculture Victoria in the DJPR (Dept. Jobs, Precincts and Regions), Professor Rawlin has extensive professional experience across animal health topics including emerging infectious diseases, animal parasitology and infectious disease epidemiology.

Prof. Michael Stear

Professor Stear is a leading academic in La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, specialising in animal biology. Professor Stear has provided major breakthroughs in the understanding of parasitic infections in farm animals (primarily sheep) and maintains expertise across many fields of animal health including genetics, parasitology, immunology, and epidemiology. Professor Stear is also a specialist in statistics relating to the diagnosis of disease in animals.

Prof. Travis Beddoe

Professor Travis Beddoe is an experienced lecturer within La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences where he established a laboratory focused on livestock-pathogen interactions. Professor Beddoe’s research concentrates on aiding animal health with a focus on field-based diagnostics, and molecular understanding of glycans and glycan-binding proteins in disease pathogenesis and vaccine development. With diverse experience across both plant biochemistry and animal biology, Professor Beddoe has held research positions in several prestigious research centres across Victoria and gained numerous fellowships including with NHMRC CDA and Pfizer Australia.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information

E: executive_professional_education@latrobe.edu.au

T: 1300 135 045