Tools for animal health management

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Livestock owners are one of the best sources of information

Term: 2012
Published: November 23, 2012
Revised: February 27, 2014

The aim of managing animal health is to minimise the negative effects of animal diseases on animal production and welfare, trade in livestock and livestock products, and human health. It involves preventing outbreaks of epidemic diseases and managing endemic diseases in cost-effective ways that minimise their impact on production, trade, livelihoods and human health and prevent their spread to areas where they are not endemic. The ability of animal health service providers in both the public and private sector to effectively manage animal health depends on knowledge of the diseases involved and access to information and tools as required.

Tools for managing animal health can be divided into three broad categories:

  • Tools for gathering and disseminating information about animal health
  • Tools to support strategic planning for and evaluation of disease prevention and control interventions
  • Tools used for disease prevention and control interventions

About The Instructor

Dr Mary-Louise Penrith

Dr Mary-Louise Penrith

  • BVSc (Hons) (Pretoria), BSc (Hons) (Zoology) (Cape Town), PhD (Cape Town), DSc (Pretoria)
  • Extraordinary professor, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Expert consultant to the Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations on epidemiology and control of African swine fever.
  • Director: TAD Scientific c.c.

This Work, Tools for animal health management, by Dr Mary-Louise Penrith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.