ANIMALS IN SOCIETY II: CONCEPTS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH - 2018/9

Module code: VMS2008

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 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

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



Economic Perspectives on Animal Health


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

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 (2,000 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)

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 and written exam session will be posted on Surrey Learn halfway through the module and/or trough a Mock Exam session at the end of the module.

Furthremore, following a workshop run by the SPLASH team, the students will be required to write a short text to explain subtle theoretical concepts to their peers. The students will be requested to peer-assess their colleagues (not graded but compulsory)

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
001 With respect to epidemiology, students will be able to explain the epidemiological principles of disease causation RCVS KU 1, KU 9, KU10 K
002 With respect to epidemiology, students will be able to interpret results from epidemiological studies RCVS KU 9, KU 10, KU 11, KU 12 C
003 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
004 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
005 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
006 With respect to veterinary public health, students will be able to explain the principles of veterinary certification RCVS KU 26
007 Identify different parts of the animal value chain and the motivation of stakeholders in that chain KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Study Hours: 150

Lecture Hours: 25

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 25 hours of lecture, seminars and small group discussions, 29 hours of practicals or online modules, and 6 hours of guided study

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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

Other information

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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 2018/9 academic year.