Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group
The Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group is part of the RVC's Department of Production and Population Health. The Group is led by Professor Dirk Pfeiffer and currently consists of 12 academic staff members, 14 researchers, 21 PhD students and one resident.
In June 2012, the Royal Veterinary College was designated as a Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Reference Centre in Veterinary Epidemiology. The Centre is led by Professor Pfeiffer and its remit includes providing advice and expertise on risk-based animal disease surveillance to the FAO and its member countries.
The Group's strengths lie in its provision of postgraduate teaching at MSc level and in epidemiological and public health research. It also offers specialist training to senior clinical training scholars (residents) following the curriculum of the European College of Veterinary Public Health.
Both postgraduate training and research are aimed at international as well as national level. The Group is involved with research in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The Group has specific methodological strengths in:
- risk analysis
- design and evaluation of surveillance systems
- spatial analysis
- social network analysis
- animal health economics
- programme evaluation
Through postgraduate training, the Group has forged strategic links with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and DEFRA's Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Research links include the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO - Rome), Institute for Animal Health (UK), CIRAD (France), ARC- Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (South Africa) and Safe Food Solutions Inc (Switzerland).