VET30060 Veterinary Public Health I
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module is part of the core undergraduate course in veterinary medicine. The veterinary student will be introduced to the scope of the subject and the role of the veterinarian in veterinary public health and food safety. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the relevant bacterial, viral, protozoan and chemical hazards hazards associated with foodborne illness and direct transmission of disease in humans. The course will build on the students competencies gained from the completion of modules in preceding years. The students will also gain an understanding of strategies used to effectively manage risks associated with these agents.
At the end of this module students should:
– Understand the reservoirs and epidemiology of a range of zoonotic agents and the modes of transmission to humans.
– Have knowledge of the main chemical residues and contaminants of public health significance in foods of animal origin and the introductory points in the food chains for these compounds.
– Understand the theoretical & practical procedures for conducting laboratory examination of foods of animal origin, and interpreting associated data with relevant legislation.
– Be able to identify risk management measures that can be used along the food chain to manage associated risks.
Describe the approaches &epidemiological tools used to investigate outbreaks of foodborne disease.
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