QVE-30806 Management of Infections and Diseases in Animal Populations


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. Q ten Bosch
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. MCM de Jong
dr. Q ten Bosch
dr. A Nigsch
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. MCM de Jong

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

QVE-20306 Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics and/or QVE-30306 Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology.


This course is focused on management of infections and diseases. The spread of infectious diseases in animal populations depends on: the interaction between the individual host and infectious agent, the interaction between hosts, i.e. transmission of the agent, and the changes in the characteristics of the agent in response to control measures. All these aspects should be considered when studying the effectiveness of control measures and/or eradication programmes for zoonotic infections and infectious diseases. Focusing on reduction of disease (symptoms) in individual animals is not always the optimal strategy. Certainly not if the infectious agent can still transmit, even in the absence of symptoms. The transmission between animals (in the presence or absence of control) can be estimated from data from experiments and the field. We will combine statistical methods and mathematical models to estimate transmission parameters from data and derive reproduction numbers (an important measure of transmission potential) for different types of infectious agents. We will use these tools to translate our knowledge on infectious disease epidemiology to recommendations for management and control. 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of biology of transmission;

- be able to mention and to explain key factors that make a disease an important disease;

- mention and explain key elements and steps in developing control and eradication programmes;

- design transmission experiments;

- analyse and interpret the outcomes of transmission studies;

- use algebra to derive reproduction numbers for different types of pathogens;

- evaluate literature relevant to transmission of infectious diseases.


- plenary lectures;
- class assignments;
- take home assignments;
- computer practicals.


- written exam:
- open questions

- Group project


Course guide and schedule are available on first lecture.

Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScD: Spec. D - Adaptation, Health and Behaviour6WD
MASAnimal SciencesMScC: Spec. C - Global and Sustainable Production6WD