Risk assessment and quantitative veterinary epidemiology

In a world full of hazards and a tendency to minimalize risks it is worth to prioritize these risks so measures can be tailored and financial resources can be used efficiently. When it comes to animal diseases this also holds true. At Wageningen Bioveterinary Research a team of risk assessors works on questions like the risk on introduction of infectious animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance, with qualitative and quantitative methods.

In epidemiology the dynamics of (infectious) diseases in and between populations is studied. This is important to adequately anticipate on disease spread in human but also in animal populations. At Wageningen Bioveterinary Research we concentrate on animal and zoonotic diseases. An important example is Avian Influenza. With deduction of the moment of introduction of the virus and with risk maps we supply the government with adequate information to implement control measures. Dynamic models describing disease transmission within and between farms are an important part of this work.

A relatively new area of research is the relation between animal husbandry and public health. Wageningen Bioveterinary Research contributes to this research with strong statistical analysis to elucidate the risk for humans.

With these examples the epidemiology group contributes to a safer life for animals as well as for humans.