Traditional food markets are important locations for the spread of COVID-19, but they also play important economic and socio-cultural roles in most low and middle-income countries. In this project, we aim to co-design bespoke plans to reduce COVID-19 transmission in markets in Bolivia and Peru, two countries disproportionately hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding to the challenge of MERS-CoV: Development and testing of interventions to reduce risk among Bedouin populations in Southern Jordan
In this interdisciplinary research, we study the biological and sociocultural contexts of MERS-CoV among at-risk Bedouin populations in southern Jordan. In particular, we are seeking to understand which individuals, or camels, should be targeted for future vaccination, the correct seasons for the deployment of such vaccines and the sociocultural issues that are driving the infection.
A project that brings together international surveillance experts to develop further, apply and disseminate risk-based surveillance methods.
A generic framework for the evaluation of animal health surveillance.
The Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) project aims to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary evidence to define future food systems policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable manner. The RVC is partnered with eight other research institutions and will focus on the animal source foods in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
A transdisciplinary and systems modelling approach to investigate sustainability in British Sheep and Beef Food systems.
The aim of our research is to investigate whether understanding of susceptibilities and social networks in meerkats can be used to selectively target individuals for interventions, and thus enhance disease control.
This project aims to develop a typology of interventions to reduce antimicrobial use in aquaculture, based on data extracted through a review of AMR interventions across livestock production systems.
The economic impact and control incentives for FMD are poorly understood and likely to vary across livestock systems. FMD vaccines are commonly used for disease control but the success of campaigns depends largely on farmers’ willingness to participate and pay for the vaccine. This project will use quantitative and qualitative methods to understand motivations and barriers for accepting disease control policies, including vaccination.
Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System: VetCompass is the RVC's companion animal disease surveillance initiative which analyses clinical data from first-opinion small animal and equine veterinary practices, in order to better understand the conditions affecting the nation’s pets. VetCompass studies are specifically designed to contribute towards long-term improvements in companion animal health and welfare.