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Here you will find the lates news on teaching, research, master projects and job opportunities in veterinary epidemiology in our section and internationally.

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  • Stakeholders to take on Electronic Rabies Surveillance using a One Health Approach in the control of Rabies

  • ISVEE16

    Our section at the ISVEE16 conference

    Paul Torgerson, Sonja Hartnack, Philip Rasmussen and Violeta Muñoz presented their research at the 16th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) held in Halifax, Canada.


    New Project Started: Operationalizing One Health

    The project "Decentralize and operationalize the One Health platforms in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo" will facilitate the participation of both political actors and practitioners in the field, thus addressing the main political, economic, technical and cultural barriers to the implementation of the One Health approach.


    PhD opportunity with fieldwork in Guinea and DR Congo

    Your task will be to evaluate the knowledge integration at the level of the One Health field units as well as at the level of the national governance structures endorsing those units.

  • Epi-Brown Bag Session 5

    7th of February, from noon till 1pm

  • Christmas

    Merry Christmas


    Debate on One Health and Environmental Law

    At the annual conference of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA ), a panel discussion was held with Jane Haviland and Melanie Baines from UKELA, Charles Foster, Barrister, Fellow and Associate Researcher at the Faculties of Law, Philosophy and Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Simon Rüegg from our Section

  • Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Program in One Health and the Environment

    The University of Maine Initiative for One Health and the Environment is excited to announce an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2022. Subject to change, we expect to run an in-person program on the University of Maine campus in 2022.  Our fully paid summer program will focus on Accelerating New Environmental Workskills (REU ANEW). From June 6 to August 12, 2022, we will invite 10 motivated undergraduate students to join our faculty and graduate students to conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health.

  • Save the Date

    January 2022: Save the date!

    This first international conference “The One Health concept at the Confluence of human & veterinary public health” aims to bring together researchers, industrial stakeholders and policy-makers to provide updates in research and innovation, discussing current unmet needs, proposing concrete ways to harness this knowledge and utilizing new tools to address these challenges


  • Article published in Plos NTD

    A new published Article by Liz Paola Noguera, Simon Rüegg & Paul Torgerson.

    Click on the "more" link below for direct access to the article.

  • Epi Brown Bag Session

    The next Epi-Brown Bag Session is close

  • Poster Malwina

    We congratulate Malwa

    She presented her work at the DACH conference (
    Take a look at Malwa's poster if you want to know more about the differences between a Scoping Review and a Systematic Review.



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    Workshop: Bayesian Latent Class Models to evaluate diagnostic tests

    This 3-day training will focus on the application of Bayesian Latent Class analysis Models (BLCMs) for field evaluation of diagnostic tests. Participants will learn about the theory of Bayes’ theorem, probability distributions, prior distributions, and introduction to simulation and Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods for simulating priors and posteriors, and how they can be applied for estimation of diagnostic test sensitivity and specificity when tests are imperfect, and a reference test is not available.

  • Roll-out of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases programme

    Knowledge of the major constraints on livestock productivity and the means to address them is insufficient, and there is a need for robust assessments of the impact of livestock on food security, disease risks, and climate change. In 2018, the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) programme was launched to address these vital issues.

  • Sukuman and Malwina

    Welcome Sukuman Rittem and Malwina Kowalska

    During the last 6 months Sukuman and Malwina have joined our unit. Sukuman is a veterinary lecturer from Thailand investigating the human-monkey-conflicts from a one health perspective. Malwina is a Polish veterinarian conducting a clinical trial on new treatments for corneal ulcers in people and animals. Both will conduct their PhD with our group.

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    Giulia wins the SSPH+ Award 2020

    Giulia Paternoster won the award of the Swiss School for Public Health with her article "Epidemic cystic and alveolar echinococcosis in Kyrgyzstan: an analysis of national surveillance data" published in "the Lancet Global Health" in April 2020,

  • Liz and Kuban

    Welcome Liz Noguera Zayas and Kubanychbek Abdykerimov

    During 2019 Liz and Kuban have joined our unit. Liz is a veterinarian from Paraguay with a strong interest in zoonoses. Kuban is a veterinarian from Kyrgizstan who is particularly interested in zoonotic parasites. Both will conduct their PhD with our group.


  • SARS-CoV2

    Preprint on COVID-19 diagnostic accuracy estimates

    Preprint available: Diagnostic accuracy estimates for COVID-19 RT-PCR and Lateral flow immunoassay tests with Bayesian latent class models.

  • distribution of echinococosis in Kyrgizstan

    Publication in Lancet Global Health: cystic and alveolar echinococcosis in Kyrgyzstan

    Dr. Giulia Paternoster, Kubanychbek Abdykerimov, and Prof. Paul Torgerson (section of epidemiology), Philipp Kronenberg and Prof. Peter Deplazes (Institute of parasitology) coauthored an article entitled "Epidemic cystic and alveolar echinococcosis in Kyrgyzstan: an analysis of national surveillance data".

  • WHO dashboard

    COVID-19 und die besondere Lage

    COVID-19 breitet sich weiter aus und der Bundesrat, die Kantonsregierung sowie die Uni-Leitung treffen Massnahmen, um die Anzahl Neuinfektionen zu begrenzen. Dies hat auch Auswirkungen auf die Tätigkeiten der Abteilung für Epidemiologie der Vetsuisse Fakultät.

  • Animal source of coronavirus remains unclear

    An article in the nature magazine clarifies the reasoning behind the suspicion that pangolins contributed to the spread of COVID19

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    Conference: German - Central Asian Cooperation on Zoonotic Diseases

    Paul Torgerson and Duriya Charypkhan presented at the international workshop “German – Central Asian Cooperation on Zoonotic Diseases”.

  • Vetsuisse Public Health Conference 2019 - Save the Date

    As in previous years, the ILS (Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene, Zurich), the EPI (Section of Veterinary Epidemiology, Zurich) and the VPHI (Veterinary Public Health Institute incl. Animal Welfare Division, Bern) are again organizing the joint “VPH Annual Conference”. This year it will be held on November 28th in Bern.

  • Prize Winners of the VPH Conference 2018

    This years best presentation was given by Francis Muchaamba from the Institute of Food Safety and Hygiene. The best poster was presented by Ranya Özcelik from the Veterinary Public Health Institute. Congratulations!

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    Our Section at the UN Biodiversity Conference

    Dr. Simon Rüegg gave two presentations at the UN Biodiversity Conference, investing in biodiversity for people and planet. He outlined the links between One Health and biodiversity.

  • Campus Irchel

    Programme of the Vetsuisse Public Health Conference finalized

    Ruedi Nager, Stephan Schwarz and Alex Shaw are the confirmed keynote speakers at the 2018 Vetsuisse Public Health Conference on 29 November in Zürich. The programme of presentations and posters has also been finalized.

  • Handbook to evaluate One Health

    Now Available: Integrated approaches to health; a handbook to evaluate One Health

    In the frame of the COST "Network for evaluation of One Health" Simon Rüegg has edited together with international colleagues the "Handbook to evaluate One Health". It is available as fee eBook or printed on demand.

  • Comment in Lancet: Initiation of Global Burden of Animal Diseases Programme

    Animal health has major impacts on human health directly through zoonotic disease transmission, or indirectly through nutritional availability and environmental management. For human health, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study has created a comprehensive dataset of diseases, injuries, and risk factors that is used to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. A project to collect an equivalent dataset for animal diseases is being planned.

  • Giulia&Duriya

    Welcome Giulia Paternoster and Duriya Charypkhan

    Over the last year, Giulia and Duriya have joined our unit. Giulia is a veterinary epidemiologist with a strong interest in public health, infectious and zoonotic diseases. Duriya is a young veterinary professional that has obtained her BVSc at the Kazakh National Agrarian University (2011-2016) with a possibility to study meanwhile as a grantee at Wageningen University.

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    NEOH final Action Conference: Creating impact for One Health and EcoHealth

    The Network for Evaluation of One Health is holding a final conference for the release of their handbook and to discuss advancements in implementation, evaluation and governance of One Health. It will be held in Bologna and registration is open until August 26th 2018.

  • Bibliometric Success: Most cited paper in the WHO bulletin

    "The global burden of congenital toxoplasmosis: a systematic review" by Torgerson et al. was the most cited article of the bulletin of the World Health Organisation in the last 5 years.

  • Zurich R courses

    The "Zurich R Courses" are a continuing education program offered in cooperation of UZH and ETH Zurich. Within this program, we offer a series of introductory and specialized courses on data analysis and scientific programming with the free open-source software R, that are taught by international experts.

  • Paul Torgerson on Kyrgyz national television about echinococcosis

  • Statistics with SPSS Course in Zürich

    The Section for Epidemiology is organizing another basic course on “Statistics with SPSS“ on the 7th and 14th December 2017. Target audience are Master, PhD and doctoral students that collect and analyze their own data.

  • IAEH Webinar Series Announcement: Using Networks to Study Zoonotic Pathogens

  • Workshop in Uganda

    UZH and COVAB team up to enhance research capacity in Uganda

    News coverage in Uganda as Makerere University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB) invited facilitators from the University of Zurich

  • 15th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics in Chiang Mai

    The 15th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE 15) is coming to Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 12 - 16 November 2018. ISVEE 15 will be a global forum for interdisciplinary collaboration and communication among the community.

  • Statistics with SPSS Course in Zürich

    The Section for Epidemiology is organizing another basic course on “Statistics with SPSS“ on the 7th and 14th December 2017. Target audience are Master, PhD and doctoral students that collect and analyze their own data.

  • International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017

    the International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 is co-organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary REsearch of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It will be held on September 11-15, in Lüneburg, Germany

  • PhD in Biodata Mining and Modeling at University of Torino

    The Computational Epidemiology and Data Analysis Unit  of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Torino is looking for a strongly motivated person with interests in data collection and analysis through mathematical and computational approaches, and a deep interest in multidisciplinary research.

  • Annual conference of the Association pour l'étude de l'épidémiologie des maladies animales

    The 17th annual conference of Association pour l'Etude de l'Epidémiologie des Maladies Animales (EEMA) will be held from March 22nd to March 24th in Paris. Subjects will cover high density graphics and one health among others.

  • Postdoc - Swine Health Big Data Analysis

    The Veterinary Public Health Institute and the Swine Clinic of the University of Bern is seeking applicants to work on a three year applied research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF):  PIG DATA: Health Analytics for the Swiss Swine Industry.

  • Martin Hitziger

    Welcome: Martin Hitziger working on One Health Evaluation

    Martin Hitziger is an environmental scientist and management scientist with a passion for systems thinking, sustainability, global health and international development. He joined our section to work on advancing methods for complex systems evaluation in integrated health surveillance. In this project, he works together with the Network for the Evaluation of One Health (European COST Action:, and the International Society for Disease Surveillance (

  • PhD - Assessment of the freedom from animal disease

    Two PhD positions are open for application. They are located in Utrecht and Nantes and cover the subject of output based methods for the assessment of the freedom of animal disease.

  • MOOC - Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface

    n collaboration with the Graduate Institute Geneva, Swiss School of Public Health+(SSPH+), Ecole Romande de Santé Publique and the World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health.  Courses will be offered from April 24th-28th, 2017. The Spring School program is designed to enable international students and working professionals with interest  and focus in global health to study various subjects and join the international global health community in Geneva the "public health Capital of the World".

  • The Section for Epidemiology advises the World Bank Group

    The Section for Epidemiology participated in workshop at the World Bank on the economics of One Health. The meeting was supported by the Network for Evaluation of One Health, Ecohealth Alliance, and the US Agency for International Development.

  • Postdoc - Modelling Zoonotic Antimicrobial Resistance in Animal Populations

    A postdoc position is available at DTU Food in the Research Group of Genomic Epidemiology. The group is EU and WHO Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial resistance and combines activities on development and implementation of whole genome and community sequencing, bioinformatics and epidemiological modeling of the occurrence of human and zoonotic microbiological hazards both at a national and global perspective.

  • Course: Bayesian Disease Mapping in Edinburgh

    Beginning of June, a course sequence on Bayesian Disease Mapping will be held at the University of Edinburgh. These courses are designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the area of Bayesian disease mapping in applications to Public Health and Epidemiology: The Introductory course (Part I) will run on June 5th- June 6th, the BDMI course will run on June 7th and the advanced course (Part II) will run on June 8th - June 9th 2017.

  • Workshop in Bayesian Data Science in Edinburgh

    On 1st and 2nd of June, a two day course will be held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is intended for those who already are acquainted with basic concepts of Bayesian methodology and require to add to this with a focus on special topics in Biostatistics.

  • Lecturer in Veterinary Preventive Medicine

    Open position for Lecturer/ Senior Lectuer/ Associate Professor at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland. Application deadline 19.2.2017

  • Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and the Environment

    the 7th Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and the Environment (ARAE 2017) which will be held on June 26 - 28, 2017 at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institut in Braunschweig - Germany.

  • Call for abstracts: Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

    Call for abstracts & Registration - BfN/ENCA European Conference on “Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change” 27-29 June 2017, in Bonn/Germany

  • PhD - dairy cows: consumer perceptions and cultural values

    The aim of this project is to provide deeper insights into consumers’ attitudes on the management and wellbeing of dairy cows and investigate influence of factors such as demographics, knowledge, concerns and values on consumer beliefs and choices. This interdisciplinary PhD will be utilising tools from social veterinary epidemiology, consumer behaviour, sociology and psychology.

  • Qualitative Research Methods for Animal Health

    2nd Qualitative Research Methods for Animal Health course will be held at the University of Liverpool, UK, on 23rd-25th May, 2017.

  • Postdoc in Economics of antimicrobial use

    Important changes are occurring in France towards diminishing veterinary antimicrobial use (AMU). Meanwhile farmers face sever challenges including high volatility of product prices which mwy lead to new ways of thinking disease and economic management of farms.

    The position aims at developing an economic approach of AMU at farm level using bio-economic model optimization.

  • Einladung zur Epidemiologietagung 2017 der DVG-Fachgruppe "Epidemiologie und Dokumentation"

    Die Epidemiologietagung der DVG-Fachgruppe "Epidemiologie und Dokumentation" findet vom 6.9. bis zum 8.9.2017 in Hall (Österreich) statt.

  • Overview of One Health research and training

    An overview of One Health research and training activities in Western Europe has now been published in the IEE special international One Health issue as part of  the section Global Reviews of One Health Research and Training.

  • Call for consultancies to the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources

    The Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources is seeking teams inclding epidemiologists and livestock economists to undertake a review of the socio-economic studies on selected selected trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses in Africa focusing on the economic impacts of the disease and cost and benefits of control measures.

  • 2017 Conference of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

    The registration for the 2017 SVEPM conference has now opened. It will be held from 29th to the 31st March 2017 in Inverness, Scotland. Details about the scientific program and the workshops can be explored on the website.

  • Call for papers: Epidemics in a Globalised World - international workshop in Antwerp

  • Special issue of Archives of Public Health: One Health Paradigm to foster population health

    The open access journal Archives of Public Health is pleased to invite submissions to be considered for publication in a new special issue:

    One health paradigm to foster population health

  • Annual Swiss VPH Conference 2016 - Programme & Registration

    This year's conference will be held on Wednesday 30th November in Bern.

    Deadline for registration is 11th November.

  • Postdoctoral position in mathematical/statistical modelling of animal infectious diseases in Paris

    The research focus of the Epidemiology Unit at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) is to contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms of emergence, re-emergence and spread of major animal infectious diseases, through the development of mathematical, statistical and simulation models, and to use these models to design, evaluate and/or optimize surveillance and control systems

  • PhD opportunity: Profitable, effective and sustainable environments for dairy cattle; Understanding consumer views on the management and wellbeing of dairy cows

    The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham would like to invite applications for a 3 year PhD position, funded by the AHDB Dairy, to investigate consumer views of modern dairy production systems. This studentship is one of three AHDB funded PhDs related to dairy cow environments and the studentships fit into a larger, cohesive project.

  • Postdoctoral Position on disease spread in honeybees

    A two year full time position is available for a highly motivated post doc to
    take a central role in statistical epidemiology modelling projects for honeybee
    parasites and infectious diseases. The position will be located with the
    honeybee research group at the Department of Ecology at the Swedish
    University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala.

  • Postdoctoral Position in One Health System Evaluation

    We offer a great opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to to review existing methods from many fields that do not belong to classical health disciplines such as education, collective learning processes, data management, network science, etc. that can be used to integrate health of people, animals and the environment.

    We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to work with us for two years.

  • Course: Online Master of Veterinary Public Health

    Applications are now invited for students wishing to commence the online Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Diseases), Diploma or Certificate programs at the University of Melbourne from July.

  • Postdoctoral Position in Disease Eco-Epidemiology

    A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Hamer in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A and M University. The successful candidate will expand an ongoing research program on the ecology and epidemiology of Chagas disease in the southern United States, including analyses of kissing bug vectors, wildlife and domestic dog reservoirs, and spillover to human hosts.

  • PhD opportunity: Epidemiology and Evolution of pathogens in livestock networks

    The Infectious Disease Research Centre at Massey University is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship through the New Zealand Biological Heritage National Science Challenge project Biosecurity Network Interventions. This is an excellent opportunity for a student wanting to learn cutting-edge network and evolutionary modelling techniques with real world applications.

  • Postdoc: Dairy Health

    The Institute for Veterinary Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Freie Universität Berlin, is offering a post doc opportunity for veterinary epidemiologists. The three year full time position is part of a larger study regarding chronic diseases in German dairy livestock, in which our institute is mainly responsible for the epidemiological support and data analysis of the Eastern German project region.

  • Fellowships to attend the One Health Ecohealth Congress in Melbourne

    Applications for Fellowships to attend the One Health EcoHealth Congress are now open. To be eligible for the Fellowship Award, the applicant must register and attend the Congress, and preference will be given to applicants who submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation or who are a co-author on a submitted abstract.

  • Virtual Summer School on Animal Health Surveillance

    One week of Summer School about animal health surveillance (design and evaluation) is organized within the project SANTERO in June 20-24, 2016. All sessions will be offered online. The program is divided into webinars (contact sessions), recorded elements that participants will watch at their convenience and practical tasks for participants to complete between sessions.

  • Integrated Training Program in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Public Policy

    The Integrated Training Program in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety & Public Policy (ITraP) is now recruiting for its 2017 program. If you are a graduate student interested in interdisciplinary team science and One Health approaches to complex issues, consider applying to ITraP!

  • PhD: Mental health in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

    The Ontario Veterinary College offers two PhD positions in the Epidemiology program. The first is exploring veterinarian mental wellness and resilience, and the second concerns the development of evidence-based mental health literacy program and emergency mental health response model for Ontario agriculture. Applications are accepted until July 8 2016.

  • PhD: translating scientific evidence into high-welfare horse care.

    New PhD opportunity at the Royal Veterinary College for someone interested in horses and mixed-methods research. The application deadline is 19th April.

  • Course: Simulation Modeling for Veterinarians

    The Danish Technical University in Copenhagen is offering a course in simulation modeling in the veterinary field. It consits of E-learning and on-site lectures, computer exercises and group projects. Course period is from 3 to 24 June 2016. The course is taught using R.

  • Postdoc: Mastitis in Finland

    This post doc project will examine drying off practices and management of dry cows in Finnish dairy herds, utilizing the national Finnish dairy herd health and production database. In addition, the candidate may be involved in field work in collaboration with Finnish colleagues (thus, Finnish language skills are not a must). The successful candidate will have a possibility to shape the project according to her/his specific interests, working closely with Professor Päivi Rajala-Schultz, the lead of the project.

  • Course: Bayesian Disease Mapping

    The BDM Introduction course provides a hands-on introduction to spatial health modeling with INLA, while more advanced INLA examples are included in the Advanced BDM course. Both spatial and spatio-temporal analyses using WinBUGS and INLA will be considered. Examples will range over childhood asthma data from Georgia, influenza in South Carolina, foot-and-mouth disease in the UK and Ohio respiratory cancer.

  • Course: Bayesian Biostatistics

    This two day course is intended for those who already are acquainted with basic concepts of Bayesian Biostatistics and software use, but require to add to this basis with a focus on special topics. The topics covered will include Bayesian longitudinal and survival analysis; meta analysis; bioassay; regression and GLMs including measurement error, and variable selection; image processing; and disease mapping In addition, both WinBUGS/OpenBUGS and INLA will be demonstrated.

  • Postdoc: Biosecurity in Danish Cattle Farms

    An 18 months full time postdoc position is available for a motivated and skilled candidate to join Section of Animal Welfare and Disease Control at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in August 2016. The position will focus on research on biosecurity in Danish dairy cattle farms. Currently an online biosecurity data collection and scoring platform, ‘BioSecure’, is being developed. It will be used to collect large amounts of data on many different biosecurity measures in the Danish cattle farms, and the project needs the right candidate to analyze these data using methods that can identify underlying patterns in highly correlated, complex data and relate the patterns and measures to on-farm health and production.

  • Postdoc: Food Safety and Anitmicrobial Resistances in Qatar

    A Post-Doctoral Researcher position (available immediately) at the College of Public Health of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Doha, Qatar. The two year Post-Doctoral position will focus on food safety research including antimicrobial resistance.

  • Conference: European Veterinary Public Health Assembly

    Veterinary Public Health (VPH) is a profession that crosses borders and the professionals do as well. That is why meeting up with international colleagues is key to stay on top of relevant topics. The program still has to be announced but it will cover interesting subjects in line with the themes we are responsible for within the field of Veterinary Public Health. Preregistration open now.

  • Summer School: Residential 3-week Summer Course in Epidemiology

    The course, now in its 29th year, is intended for epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians and public health practitioners with an interest in epidemiology. The course offers in the first two weeks five general modules on epidemiological study design and statistical analysis of epidemiological data, and in the third week seven special modules on topics of current relevance for health and advanced methodological issues. The course is taught in English by lecturers mostly from European universities and research institutes and is held in residential form in the “Studium” centre on the hills of Florence.

  • Article: warning over misuse of P values

    The P value, a common indicator of scintific evidence may lead to irreproducible results. The American Statistical Association has issued a warning in "Nature".

  • Course: Diagnostic Test Evaluation

    The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network (NOVA) will be hosting a one-week course on Diagnostic test evaluation in Norway this June.

  • Graduate School Course: Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    From June 20 to July 1, 2016 the graduate school course on epidemiology and biostatistics will take place at the Vetsuisse-Faculty in Bern. Subjects covered will be an introduction to statistics in R, confounding, regression analysis, disease modelling, diagnostic test evaluation, sample size and power analysis, and many more.

  • Gobal Health case studies from a biosocial perspective

    This introductory global health course aims to frame global health's collection of problems and actions within a particular biosocial perspective. It develops a toolkit of interdisciplinary analytical approaches and uses them to examine historical and contemporary global health initiatives with careful attention to a critical sociology of knowledge.

  • Statistics with NCSS Course in Bern

    The VPH Institute Bern is organizing another basic course on “Statistics with NCSS“ on the 20th and 21st of April 2016. Target audience are Master, PhD and doctoral students that collect and analyze their own data.

  • The Vetepi Section participates in a Radioprogram on One Health

    Simon Rüegg took part in a radio program on One Health which was broadcast on Swiss National Radio RTS 1ère on Sunday 7th Febuary 2016

  • Research Opportunity: Andean Action Research for Social Change 2016

    The Center for Social Well Being (CSW) offers a 3 week training program after which students may work and/or pursue their own research objectives in health, education, agriculture, social development, with municipal institutes and civic organizations, depending on acquired skills, demonstrated abilities and interests. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action ResearchThe intensive field methods and language component is equivalent to 1 semester of university study.

  • Conference: First Conference in Aquatic Animal Epidemiology

    The conference aims to bring together leading scientists, researchers and research students from all parts of the world to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Aquatic Animal Epidemiology. It will also provide a platform for discussion about how to meet the research needs of aquaculture industry and facilitate interaction with stakeholders, industry and regulatory agencies for fruitful collaborations.

  • Summer School: 27th International Summer School of Epidemiology at Ulm University

    The program is geared to persons with interest in the fields of epidemiology and public health. Professionals, scientists and students working in clinical medicine, epidemiology, public health, social insurance, health policy or health administration are welcome. All courses will be held in English.

  • Conference: What should 'One Health' in the real world mean?

    The concept of ‘One Health’ has become central to policy debates in recent years. The need to link human, animal and environmental health is seen as a priority. But what is happening in practice? And what lessons have been learned from responding to zoonoses such as avian influenza and Ebola, as well as those which don't hit the headlines such as trypanosomiasis?

  • Transdisciplinary Event: Animal Ethics and Law in Life Science

    Research in life sciences can involve suffering and killing of animals. Whereas the ethical dimension is fundamental in other disciplines (e.g. medicine), it is rarely discussed in biology. This event aims to encourage an open debate about the issues connected to research involving animals, by providing perspectives of biologists, philosophers and lawyers.

  • Call for Papers: Anthropologies of Veterinary Medicine - Healthcare across species lines

    The Association of Social Anthropology (ASA) of the UK and Commonwealth invites papers that consider how forms of human and animal life shape, and are shaped by, veterinary care and other animal-healing practices. With the understanding that care is an ongoing process of negotiation, asking how health care is negotiated across species lines.

  • Summer Course: One Health

    The University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark are happy to anounce the third One Health International Summer Course in Copenhagen in 2016. Some teaching will be done by unit.

  • PhD opportunity: Cryptosporidiosis in UK

    The University of Liverpool together with Public Health England are offering a PhD studentship to investigate seasonal cryptospridiosis in the UK.

  • Results of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases Initiative have now been published!

    The World Health Organisation Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) has published three publications on the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases. Paul Torgerson is first author on the article on foodborne parasitic diseases in PLOS Medicine.

  • PhD opportunity: Farming in transition in East Africa: financial risk taking and agricultural intensification

    There is an opportunity for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship, funded by the UK ESRC/EPSRC Doctoral Training Programme for Risk and Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool, for a social scientist to work within the institute of infection and global health in Kenya and with colleagues in Liverpool. The topic is "Farming in transition in East Africa: financial risk taking and agricultural intensification."

  • PhD opportunity: Working farm dog health

    Massey University’s EpiCentre has a PhD opportunity in the area of working farm dog health an performance. We currently have funding to undertake a project that will employ a mixed methods approach to determine what makes a working farm dog a top performer.

  • Postdoc: Epidemiology and Economics of Livestock Associated-Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Danish pig population

    Section for Epidemiology at the Danish National Veterinary Institute is seeking a postdoc candidate to study the epidemiology and economics of LA-MRSA (Livestock Associated-Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in the Danish pig population. This postdoc position is part of a larger project, carried out by the National Veterinary Institute (DTU Vet) and Statens Serum Institut (SSI), aiming at generating knowledge that will be used to study the spread and control of LA-MRSA between and within pigs and humans. Therefore, the candidate will be working closely with other researchers from both institutes.

  • PhD opportunity: ESBL Risk to Farm Workers

    ESBL-producing E. coli have been shown to be present in farmed animals, especially in dairy cows, where the use of cephalosporins for the treatment of mastitis is common. Zoonotic spread of antimicrobial resistance is of concern and there is the potential for this either via direct contact between animals and people or via the food chain. We propose to use farm workers and their households as sentinels for transmission from food animals.

  • 3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015

    The 3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015 has drawn to a close. The feedback from this conference was extremely positive. The contributions and discussions on ways to “Foster interdisciplinary collaboration for global public and animal health“, were very well received by the conference participants and fellow experts, and have strongly contributed to the overall success of the event.

  • International Conference on Sequence Analysis and Related Methods

    The International Conference on Sequence Analysis and Related Methods will be held at the University of Lausanne four years after the Lausanne Conference on Sequence Analysis (LaCOSA). The conference aims to bring together scholars using innovative methods for analyzing longitudinal data in social, managerial,political, health or environmental sciences with developers of methods for longitudinal analysis.

  • Welcome: Amanuel Tsegay working on Brucellosis in Uganda

    Amanuel Tsegay is conducting his PhD programme at the Makerere University in Uganda. He joins the Section for Veterinary Epidemiology on a North-South mobility grant studying the molecular mapping of Brucella infections in domestic ruminants in Uganda.

  • Welcome: Seraina Jäger working on Mastitis Markers

    Seraina Jaeger studied veterinary medicine at the university of Zürich and now works at the Clinica Alpina in Scuol. She will conduct a veterinary doctoral thesis at our section on the use of Milk Amyloid A for mastitis diagnostics.

  • First International Conference on Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare

    This international conference (19-21 September 2016, UK) will be the first in a field that is rapidly becoming recognized as a key component in animal welfare work. Modern practice is moving away from the traditional approach of service provision (e.g. veterinary care, training, or hands-on assistance) and raising awareness, towards human-centered approaches generating change that lasts.

  • PhD opportunity - Infectious Disease Modeling & Epidemiology

    A PhD assistantship is available in the area of infectious disease modeling and epidemiology at the North Carolina State University, USA

  • Course: Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Dynamics

    The 2016 edition of our annual Wellcome Trust Advanced Course on Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Dynamics is currently open for applications with a deadline of October 22nd 2015.

  • Postdoc: One Health Surveillance

    The Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, is seeking a highly motivated, energetic individual to join their research group on One Health Surveillance. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on two broad interdisciplinary projects involving pathogens and antimicrobial resistance at the interface between humans, animals and the environment. The two projects involve 1) surveillance and assessment of water quality, microbial risks and waterborne pathogens in well water and 2) surveillance of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in beef operations and associated environments in rural Alberta. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to work with a large group of researchers on a variety of subprojects.

  • Postdoc: Integrating Surveillance and Research to Address Emerging Threats from Antimicrobial Resistance to the Sustainability of Livestock Production and Human Health

    The Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, is seeking a highly motivated, energetic individual to join their research group working on a project titled “Integrating Surveillance and Research to Address Emerging Threats from Antimicrobial Resistance to the Sustainability of Livestock Production and Human Health”. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary project focused on the risks associated with antimicrobial use and resistance at the interface between humans, animals and the environment. There will be networking opportunities with a large group of researchers.

  • eCourse - A free online lecture on regression to the mean

    A short and intuitive lecture on what regression to the mean (Zentraler Grenzwertsatz) means for a clinician. The author leads you from your clinical experience in heard health management or acute patient towards understanding how your perception is fooled by homeostasis in biological systems.

  • PhD opportunity - Equine Biosafety

    The Royal Veterinary College in London would like to draw your attention to a PhD studentship opportunity in the field of equine biosecurity working with colleagues at the Animal Health Trust, the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Nottingham. The closing date for recruitment is Thursday October 8th 2015.

  • e-Courses: Economics of Animal Health

    At the University of Utrecht there are two e-learning courses on Economics of Animal Health starting this fall: Economic Principles and Concepts for the Veterinary Science, and Applied Economic Modeling for the Veterinary Sciences

  • Postdoc: Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Please see below (and please circulate) an exciting opportunity for an outstanding post-doctoral scientist who aims to be a future leader in Global Public Health. This research based fellowship, funded for 3 years, will allow the appointed fellow to develop their own research programme with support from the University of Cambridge and Institut Pasteur, building on major research programmes that exist in both Cambridge and across the International Network of Pasteur. The fellowship also provides unique training in leadership in public health.

  • Postdoc: Optimising Intervention Strategies in Food Supply Systems

    The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Science at the Cornell University is seeking two postdoctoral fellows to join a research group focussing on mathematical, statistical and economic modeling of infectious and foodborne diseases. The goal of the research is to optimize intervention strategies (health and management) in food supply systems.

  • PhD opportunity - Improving the management of obesity in horses through qualitative research

    The University of Liverpool is offering a fully funded PhD project investigating owners’ (and others’) perspectives of equine obesity. This project will utilise a mixed-methods approach.

  • PhD opportunity: Animal Health Surveillance

    The Veterinary Public Health Institute at the University of Bern in Switzerland has a 3 year graduate study opportunity in Epidemiology. The Swiss Federal Veterinary Office is currently exploring many livestock data sources for their utility for syndromic surveillance. This funded research project will focus on approaches for identifying outbreaks of emerging or important endemic diseases using event detection signals from many diverse syndromic surveillance data streams. The student will work in collaboration with the main applicant, a Post-Doctoral student and surveillance practitioners in the Early Detection Unit of the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office. The goal of the research is to develop methods that will have direct application to early detection of important livestock diseases in Switzerland.

  • Postdoc: Cause of Nodding Syndrome & Epilepsy in Onchocerciasis endemic Countries

    The University of Antwerp offers a Postdoc Opportunity woriking on the nodding syndrome and epilepsy in onchocerciasis endemic countries. The project includes epidemiological data analysis and visiting research in Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, DR of Congo and Cameroon, supervising PhD students.

  • Statistics with NCSS Course in Bern

    The VPH Institute Bern is organizing another basic course on “Statistics with NCSS“ on the 20th and 21st of April 2016. Target audience are Master, PhD and doctoral students that collect and analyze their own data.

  • PhD opportunity - Source Attribution Modelling

    DTU Food invites applications for a PhD scholarship in source attribution modelling. The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the team of epidemiologists and risk modellers in the research group for Genomic Epidemiology. Research in the group is focused on the evolution, epidemiology and persistence of infectious agents, including zoonoses, antimicrobial resistant bacteria and food and waterborne transmitted pathogens.

  • Job: Two doctoral-level epidemiologist positions at the CDC

    The Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking junior and senior doctoral-level epidemiologists to conduct analyses to estimate the number of illnesses transmitted by each major source of human infections caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter, and other major bacterial enteric pathogens.

  • PhD opportunity: Livestock Herd Contacts and FMD Modeling

    A funded opportunity for graduate study in Epidemiology/Modeling focused on U.S. livestock herd contact systems and Foot-and-Mouth Disease Modeling is available at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The project will focus on description of livestock herd contacts in the U.S. production system and the application of that data to modeling the effects of an FMD introduction. In collaboration with faculty and graduate students at Colorado State University, the model will generate new knowledge regarding livestock herd contact patterns and potentially valuable interventions for FMD control.

  • Job: Director Outcomes Research

    Merck CORE (Center for Observational and Real-world Evidence) is recruiting an experienced outcomes researcher in animal health.

  • Postdoc: Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology

    The One Health Institute in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis is seeking a post-doctoral researcher interested in advanced training in epidemiology and the ecology of diseases at the animal-human interface. Activities will focus on infectious diseases emerging at the animal-human interface, with special focus on ecology of diseases with wildlife reservoirs. Primary responsibilities relate to epidemiologic studies underway to inform on biosurveillance and the Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project which, together with a consortium of partners, implements surveillance activities to detect zoonotic pathogens with pandemic potential in Asia and Africa.

  • PhD opportunity - food safety and animal health economics

    The Royal Veterinary College of London has just advertised two PhD scholarships on food safety interventions and animal health economics in periurban dairy farming systems in West Africa.

  • Stellenausschreibung: Zootierärztin bzw. Tierarzt mit Schwerpunkt heimische Wildtiere

    Die Nationalparkverwaltung Bayerischer Wald, eine Sonderbehörde des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz, sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt für die zoologische Leitung und veterinärmedizinische Betreuung der beiden Tierfreigelände bei Altschönau und Ludwigsthal, sowie der laufenden wildbiologischen Forschungsprojekte eine/einen Zootierärztin/ Zootierarzt bzw. eine/einen Tierärztin/Tierarzt mit Schwerpunkt heimische Wildtiere.

  • "Frontiers in Veterinary Humanities and Social Science”

    You may be interested in keeping a eye on the Journal “Frontiers in Veterinary Science”, which now has a thematic section on “Veterinary Humanities and Social Science”.

  • Postdoc - Visible Signs of Feline Pain

    At the University of Lincoln there is an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to work for 2 years on "Visible Signs of Feline Pain". The aim is to develop and validate a system to quantify pain severity in cats

  • PhD opportunity - Toxoplasmosis in Marine Fauna in Quebec

    This PhD project at the University of Montréal, Quebec, aims to predict areas of high environmental risk for exposure of marine mammals to Toxoplasma and Trichinella in Nunavik (Northern Quebec), in the context of global warming, and as a consequence the northern communities at risk of infection via hunting the marine mammals.

  • PhD opportunity - Molecular epidemiology of S. aureus

    At the veterinary faculty of the University of Utrecht there is a open position for a PhD student on molecular epidemiology of S. aureus in ruminants.

  • Postdoc: The Role of New and Emerging Communication Technology in Human Decision-Making and Behavior

    Michigan State University is offering an exciting research opportunity for a Research Associate to join as a collaborator to implement initiatives resultant to a National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health-sponsored conference initiative, One Health: The Role of New and Emerging Communication Technology in Human Decision-Making and Behavior.

  • PhD opportunity: Epidemiology, Modeling, Pre-harvest Food Safety

    A funded opportunity for graduate study in Epidemiology/Modeling focused on food safety and the beef production system is available at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The project will focus on the epidemiology and ecology of Escherichia coli transmission in the feedlot production system explicitly accounting for animal contact patterns.

  • Welcome: Michel Counotte working on zoonoses in Kyrgyzstan

    Michel Counotte, a postgraduate student from Utrecht University will study zoonoses in Kyrgyzstan with us. He will conduct a one year intership in our section.

  • Swiss TPH Winter Symposium

    The Swiss TPH is pleased to announce its Winter Symposium 2015, "Drug Resistance: From Mechanisms to Management"to be held 10-11 December in Basel.

  • PhD opportunity: Understanding Post-prescription Medicines Use in Cattle (Bristol)

    A PhD opportunity at the University of Bristol investigating post-prescription use of antimicrobials on farms, specifically for veterinarians.

  • Workshops zu One Health und Antibiotikaresistenzen

    Am 15. und 16. September finden an der Universität Bonn zwei Veranstaltungen zu den Themen One Health und Antimikrobielle Resistenzen statt.

  • Course announcement: Bioinformatics for veterinary epidemiologists

    Sequencing is rapidly leaving the domain of specialist researchers, and will in the coming years become a routine laboratory procedure. This will require epidemiologist to become acquainted with the data and how to use it in surveillance and outbreak investigations.

  • PhD opportunity: Antimicrobial resistance and animal health

    PhD Opportunity - University of Nottingham (CAB and MSP) - Antimicrobial resistance and animal health: Concepts of ethical responsibility in farm and companion animal medicine - Closing Date: 07/08/2015.

  • Call for Abstracts: Marine Diseases at the 2016 Ocean Science Meeting

    Please consider submitting an abstract on marine diseases at the 2016 Ocean Science Meeting in New Orleans (Feb 21-26).The deadline for all abstract submissions is Wednesday, 23 September 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT

  • Publication: Detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae in a collection of captive snakes and response to treatment with marbofloxacin

    In a private snake collection Chlamydia pneumoniae was found in 8 out of 53 animals (15.1%). Marbofloxacine at 5 mg/kg SID IM was effective to clear chlamydial infections, one animal did not respond to therapy. The infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae appeared to be subclinical in snakes, except one mortality case.

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