ANIMALS IN SOCIETY II: CONCEPTS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH - 2017/8

Module code: VMS2008

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

LO IACONO G Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

D330

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 32

Laboratory Hours: 28

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION ON RESPONSIBLE ANIMAL OWNERSHIP 15
Practical based assessment GROUP REPORT: PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH AN OPEN FARM DAY (2,500 WORDS) 15
Examination MCQ ON LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS IN RELATION TO VPH & FS AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES 20
Examination WRITTEN EXAMINATION 50

Alternative Assessment

Resits for the summative Presentation on Responsible animal ownership will involve an individual presentation with a similar format. Group report will be replaced by an essay (1,250 words)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Module overview

In this module, students will assimilate and build upon concepts that they have encountered in previous modules including epidemiology, economics, veterinary public health and applied sociology. The topics are inter-related as they are concerned with how veterinary professionals can influence wider society, beyond individual animal owners. The module also considers the responsibilities that society places upon the profession and upon animal keepers, which provide a context for making decisions in the course of veterinary practice. Important animal-human interactions occur in an ever-changing socio-cultural society, which veterinary professionals need to consider in order to tackle One Health issues. The topics studied here provide the foundation for the study of population medicine and the application of veterinary knowledge to One Health issues and food safety.

Module aims

Provide students with an epidemiological framework that they can apply in understanding why disease occurs and in making decisions on disease prevention

Enable students to utilise economic thinking in deciding how limited resources should be allocated and to distinguish between economic and financial analysis

Promote the pivotal role of the veterinary profession in the enhancement of human health and food safety

Appreciate the diversity of human opinion and behaviour with respect to animals

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 With respect to epidemiology, students will be able to explain the epidemiological principles of disease causation RCVS KU 1, KU 9, KU10 K
2 With respect to epidemiology, students will be able to interpret results from epidemiological studies RCVS KU 9, KU 10, KU 11, KU 12 C
3 With respect to economics, students will be able to discuss the role of economics in veterinary practice and on farm RCVS KU 4, KU 12 KC
4 With respect to veterinary public health, students will be able to list the legislative requirements that are relevant to the production of safe food, and protection of the environment with respect to the impact of animal production (especially the HACCP regulations) (K) RCVS KU 10, KU 36 K
5 With respect to veterinary public health, students will be able to discuss the risks to human health from important zoonoses in the home, food chain or environment, including occupational exposures and leisure activities and describe how these may be mitigated RCVS KU 10, KU 4 KCP
6 With respect to veterinary public health, students will be able to explain the principles of veterinary certification RCVS KU 26
7 With respect to sociology students will be able to identify social and cultural factors that motivate people to change or that act as barriers to change RCVS KU 10, KU 11 KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Epidemiology:


An introduction to epidemiology
Describing health & disease
Measures of disease frequency
Epidemiological concepts of causation
Measures of association
Epidemiological study design
Hypothesis testing and statistical tests
Interpretation of diagnostic tests
Introduction to Risk Analysis


Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety:


Introduction: The Veterinary Surgeon as the custodian of public health
Valuing and protecting the food chain
Food safety, HACCP and risk analysis
Protecting animal welfare, including transport
Principles of biosecurity
Animals as food 1: The abattoir
Animals as food 2: Manufacturing and retail
Animal as food 3: The consumer
Foodborne zoonoses and their control
Responsible animal ownership and zoonoses, including occupational hazards
Policy, practice and regulation (including certification)
 
Animal Health Economics



Introduction: Is it all about money?
Livestock production economics
Using economics to make decisions
Values and economics – what’s a life worth?


Value Chain


Introduction: animals, people and society
Introduction in value chain analysis
Changes in the value chain and stakeholder management

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Stimulate students to take an epidemiological approach to animal health and disease, especially at the group level (farm, household, etc.)

Enhance critical thinking and ability to evaluate evidence

Promote the recognition of the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding public health

Introduce concepts from animal health economics and sociology to encourage multi-disciplinary thinking

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures, seminars & small group discussions, on line librbary modules
Practicals involving computer-based exercises handling data and performing statistical calculations
Practicals related to the abattoir environment

utilising the School’s clinical skills (large animal) facility to perform “mock” ante-mortem inspections
utilising the “live animal” area of the pathology building to evaluate food chain information, movement and transport with respect to delivery of animals for slaughter, observe humane slaughter, practice carcass dressing and meat inspection techniques


Practical class on preparing and evaluating a veterinary certificate


There are a total of 29 hours of lecture, seminars and small group discussions, 29 hours of practicals or online modules, and 6 hours of guided study

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Their ability to assimilate and communicate relevant knowledge through a presentation on responsible animal ownership
Group working and writing ability plus the ability to synthesis knowledge and make recommendations through a report on hazards associated with a farm open day
Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of essential legal obligations with respect to veterinary public health through a multiple choice question examination
Their content knowledge and ability to synthesise information through a written examination


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A presentation to their peers – Responsible Animal Ownership (15%)
A group report (15%)
MCQ examination – Legislative requirements in relation to veterinary public health and food safety and epidemiological principles (20%)
Written examination (50%)


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback will be provided through verbal feedback in practical sessions and following guided learnig exercises. A formative MCQ sesssion of 20 MCQ questions will be posted on Surrey Learn halfway through the module

Reading list

Reading list for ANIMALS IN SOCIETY II: CONCEPTS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/vms2008

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.