I am currently responsible for teaching veterinary epidemiology, animal health economics, and production medicine into the veterinary sciences programmes at Massey University. These subjects are traditionally very challenging to teach because few (if any) students were drawn towards veterinary medicine out of love for numbers, equations, and statistics. I pride myself on being able to present difficult concepts in a clinically relevant context that helps students actively engage with the material.
What students have said….
“The epidemiology section was structured and presented really, really well, and that made it one of my favourite aspects of the course.”
“I just wanted to personally thank you for all of the time and effort you invested into our mastitis investigation over the last few weeks. I personally took a lot away from it, and know this was true of several colleagues in the class. I really appreciate all your help and organisation in this.”.
“I thought our session on BVD was enjoyable, it is good to be able to roughly apply our knowledge to a scenario as we would encounter it in the field! Gets us thinking about application rather than solely facts.”
“I really enjoyed the session, It felt really clinically relevant and not too scary in terms of the stats and calculating side of epidemiology.”
“I liked how the material was presented in a real-life practical setting.”.
In the new veterinary curriculum, all the epidemiology and economics content is now scattered across all five years rather than being concentrated in a single 4th year course. This gives us the opportunity to reinforce key concepts and to make the content more practically applied as students gain more clinical knowledge.
- 227.117 – Veterinary Professional Studies (3 hour tutorial)
- Intro to gathering evidence from the literature
- 227.213 – Introductory Veterinary Clinical Sciences (5 hours lecture + 3 hour tutorial)
- Intro to epidemiology, measures of disease frequency, measures of disease association, measures of effect, study design, bias, confounding, and diagnostic tests
- 227.216 – Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (2 hours lecture + 1 hour tutorial)
- Advanced diagnostic tests, ecological epidemiology, and outbreak investigation
- 227.311 – Farm Animal Population Health (3 hours lecture + 3 hour tutorial)
- Intro to animal health economics
- 227.415 – Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VI (2 week data block)
- Applied on-farm mastitis investigation
- 227.416 – Farm animal production medicine and veterinary public health (Course coordinator + 17 hours lecture + 19 hours tutorial + 9 hours practical)
- Intro to production medicine, calf management, reproduction, milk production, nutrition, lameness, facilities, infectious disease, biosecurity, culling, genetic selection, and emerging issues
- 227.503 – Animal health rosters (6 hours x 10 weeks Core + 6 hours x 6 weeks Tracker)
- Outbreak investigation and management, production data analysis, and farm case studies
The postgraduate MVS program at Massey University is currently being restructured to provide more applied epidemiology training to a wider audience of animal health professionals. I am involved in developing new content for production medicine, animal health economics, and data analysis in addition to converting existing content into online learning modules. My postgraduate teaching commitments from 2015 – 2017 have included:
- 118.715 – Epidemiological Methods 1 (9 hours lecture + 1 hour tutorial)
- Study design, diagnostic tests, bias, and confounding
- 118.716 – Analysis of Epidemiological Methods 1 (21 hours combined lecture + tutorial)
- Intro to R, database management, sampling and summarizing continuous data, parametric and non-parametric tests
- 118.718 – Management of Biological Production Systems (Course coordinator + 60 hours combined lecture + tutorial)
- Routine management of dairy, beef, sheep, deer, poultry, swine, equine, working dog, and aquaculture production systems, intro animal health economics, disease simulation modelling, and on-farm investigations.
- 118.816 – Advanced Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiological Data (3 hours lecture)
- Matrix methods for estimating Ro
- 118.819 – Biosecurity and risk analysis
- National disease control programmes and network analysis
- 118.785 – Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology (Online teaching module)
- 118.772 – Calf Health, Medicine, and Management (1.5 hours lecture)
- Outbreak investigation
All my teaching materials will be available online from July 2017. Please check back for updates.