2011 International Veterinary Epidemiology Training Course

2011 International Veterinary Training Course Participants

2011 International Veterinary Epidemiology
Training Course Participants

The International Veterinary Epidemiology Training Course was held in Fort Collins, Colorado from August 22–September 2, 2011. The training course was sponsored by the USDA, APHIS, International Services and implemented in cooperation with USDA, Centers for Epidemiology & Animal Health (CEAH), Colorado State University, Animal Population Health Institute (APHI), and the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (AVEPM). The purpose of this training course was to explain the principles of veterinary epidemiology as applied to avian influenza.

Twenty–seven animal health professionals from more than 20 countries attended the two–week long workshop. A total of 8 participants were from the Caribbean (1), Mexico (2), Central (2) and South (3) America; the remaining 18 participants were from Europe (2), Africa (6), the Middle East (1) and the rest of Asia (9). A guest from the USA also attended the course.

Participants were provided instruction in basic epidemiological skills to be able to analyze and interpret field data, diagnostic test results, and survey/surveillance systems. Existing surveillance systems and their application in risk analysis process was demonstrated as part of the course. Economic principles as applied to animal health and international trade were also addressed.

The workshop was intensive; participants learned how to apply basic epidemiologic skills and valid risk analyses to disease outbreaks in their home countries. Exercises throughout the workshop provided opportunities for them to practice utilizing these skills before returning home. Many routinely deal with outbreaks of diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza and were able to share experiences with others.

This training course was highlighted in the September issue of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science's on–line publication, E–Insight.

The 2012 workshop is scheduled for August 27 – September 7, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colorado.