This programme provides scientific knowledge of the fundamental biological processes (e.g. behaviour, physiology, immunology, ecology) and environmental and farming management practices (e.g. husbandry, nutrition, livestock trade) driving disease epidemiology through transmission, persistence, prevalence and spread in livestock production systems. This enables in-depth understanding of complex environmental patterns of disease, which facilitates prediction of disease risk and control. The multidisciplinary systems approach used provides you with the skills to understand the roles of animal health professionals in tackling the grand challenges of food security, climate change and disease control.
By the end of the programme you will not only have a detailed understanding of the biology driving epidemiology of disease, but also how the biology scales up from individuals to populations. You will understand how this interacts with agricultural management practices to determine the efficacy of disease control strategies and livestock production (i.e. interdisciplinary systems thinking and communication). Furthermore, the systems approach offers a way to frame disease challenges and problem solve disease risk at a range of scales (e.g. from veterinarians tackling specific on farm disease challenges to the consequences of climate change on disease risk).
The partnership of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) creates the greatest concentration of research power in veterinary and agricultural sciences in the UK. This new distance learning course draws on this wealth of experience and research activity.
The programme is taught by active researchers presenting their own research, which is placed in to context with global grand challenges. As such, you will be exposed to and taught research skills.
The programme in Veterinary Epidemiology will use the University’s award winning online learning environments, which includes video podcasts, web-based discussion forums and expert tuition.
The programme is delivered part-time by online learning over period of 3-6 years.
You may undertake the programme by intermittent study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within a maximum time limit of:
2 years for the Certificate 4 years for the Diploma 6 years for the MSc (include a maximum period of 12 months from the start of your written reflective element to it being completed) The programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied; other than the three core courses required for the certificate, students may choose to study individual courses, to complete a sufficient number of credits to be awarded the:
Acquire knowledge about disease systems in livestock production environments and the interactions between the biological and livestock management processes driving disease dynamics. Acquire specific skills to link individual farm environments and management practices to disease risk and production efficiency at farm and national scales. Be able to interpret, be critical of and communicate scientific results and information in research.
The courses and programme as a whole will provide:
general postgraduate training (e.g. for people in education, government, policy-making, agricultural and veterinary organisations) to enable promotion, further employment opportunities or personal fulfilment general postgraduate training for people considering a career in research (e.g. a precursor to a PhD) topic-specific postgraduate training (e.g. for veterinarians for continuing professional development) to enable promotion, further employment opportunities or personal fulfilment
A veterinary degree or a degree in a natural (biological or physical) science, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). Relevant work experience may be considered.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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