Tuesday, June 7, 2016

PCAARD Animal Epidemiology Training

PCAARRD conducted Training on Applied Veterinary Epidemiology and Animal Disease Diagnosis for Animal Health Research Personnel at the Guest House Conference Room, Munoz, Nueva Ecija, last 23 - 27 May 2016


The training workshop will be conducted to equip animal health researchers and concerned regulatory personnel and strengthen their working knowledge on appropriate epidemiological capacity concepts regarding animal disease diagnosis, monitoring and surveillance, outbreak investigation and disease control. 

This training will provide an in-depth review of how the different concepts on veterinary epidemiology, monitoring, surveillance, and disease control strategies are defined. As explained by Acta Veterinaria Scandinavia, monitoring and surveillance systems (MO&SS) involve measurements of disease occurrence. Meanwhile, the monitoring design will determine which types of disease occurrence measures can be applied appropriately in a given situation. Furthermore, the knowledge on the performance of diagnostic tests (sensitivity and specificity) is crucial in the estimation of the true occurrence of a certain disease. With these, participants will be reviewed on veterinary epidemiological parameters embedded in disease diagnosis, monitoring, and surveillance. 

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavia further states that it is generally accepted that both disease monitoring and surveillance involve the continuous collection of data. Dr. David Sherman, ASAP/DCA, defined disease surveillance as an organized, systematic means of detecting, reporting, recording, and analyzing the occurrence of disease based on evidence from the field. 

Furthermore, Acta Veterinaria Scandinavia explains that data collection is the core of disease monitoring and surveillance systems (MO&SS) and whenever data are used the data quality is of great concern. As with any other data collection, if the data on disease are collected accurately and representatively and the MO&SS is designed to monitor the disease the monitoring or surveillance may be referred to as active (primary data are collected). Passive monitoring or surveillance is then referred to when data collected for other purposes (existing or secondary data) are used.


The training course should be able to equip animal health researchers and regulatory personnel on:
1) Concepts on veterinary epidemiology;
2) Quantifying disease occurrence;
3) Designing epidemiological studies;
4) Demonstrating association and causation
5) Sampling animal populations;
6) Interpreting diagnostic tests;
7) Providing information on disease control and eradication;
8) Conducting disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, community preparedness and disaster management;
9) Understanding public health, and the identification and control of zoonotic pathogens.

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