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Veterinary Epidemiology
Third Edition
by Michael Thrusfield

Veterinary Epidemiology provides a comprehensive introduction to the role of epidemiology in veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Epidemiology provides:

  • Completely revised and expanded chapters
  • Increased attention given to the principles and concepts of epidemiology, surveillance, and many diagnostic-test validation and performance
  • Many examples are drawn from both large and small animal medicine, and from the developing as well as the developed world
  • A section on risk analysis


The Development of Veterinary Medicine

  • Historical Perspective
  • Contemporary Veterinary Medicine

The Scope of Epidemiology

  • The Uses of Epidemiology
  • Types of Epidemiological Investigation
  • Components of Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology's Locale


  • Philosophical Background
  • Causal Inference
  • Methods of Acceptance of Hypotheses
  • Koch's Postulates
  • Evans' Rules
  • Variables
  • Types of Association
  • Causal Models
  • Formulating a Causal Hypothesis

Describing Disease Occurrence

  • The Structure of Animal Populations
  • Measures of Disease Occurrence
  • Mapping

Determinants of Disease

  • Host Determinants
  • Agent Determinants
  • Environmental Determinants
  • Inteaction

The Transmission and Maintenance of Infection

  • Horizontal Transmission
  • Vertical Transmission
  • Maintenance of Infection

The Ecology of Disease

  • Basic Ecological Concepts
  • Landscape Epidemiology

Patterns of Disease

  • Epidemic Curves
  • Trends in the Temporal Distribution of Disease
  • Trends in the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Disease

The Nature of Data

  • Classification of Data
  • Data Elements
  • Representation of Data: Coding


  • Some Basic Definitions and Principles
  • Sources of Data
  • Mechanisms of Surveillance
  • Surveillance in Developing Countries: Participatory Epidemiology

Data Collection and Management

  • Data Collection
  • Data Storage
  • Data Management
  • Veterinary Recording Schemes

Presenting Numerical Data

  • Some Basic Definitions
  • Some Descriptive Statistics
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Estimation of Confidence Intervals
  • Displaying Numerical Data


  • Sampling: Some Basic Concepts
  • Types of Sampling
  • What Sample Size Should be Selected?
  • Calculation of Confidence Intervals

Demonstrating Association

  • Some Basic Principles
  • Interval and Ratio Data: Comparing Means
  • Ordinal Data: Comparing Medians
  • Nominal Data: Comparing Proportions
  • Correlation
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Statistical Packages

Observational Studies

  • Types of Observational Study
  • Measures of Association
  • Interaction
  • Bias
  • What Sample Size Should be Selected?
  • Calculating the Power of a Study
  • Multivariate Techniques

Clinical Trails

  • Design, Conduct and Analysis
  • Meta-Analysis

Diagnostic Testing

  • Assaying Antibodies
  • Serological Estimations and Comparisions in Populations
  • Interpreting Serological Tests
  • Evaluation and Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests
  • Practical Application of Diagnostic Tests

Comparative Epidemiology

  • Cancer
  • Some Other Diseases
  • Reasoning in Comparative Studies


  • Modelling Approaches
  • The Rational Basis of Modelling for Active Disease Control

The Economics of Animal Disease

  • Economic Concepts and Principles
  • Assessing the Economic Costs of Disease
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Disease Control

Health Schemes

  • Private Health and Productivity Schemes
  • Companion-animal Schemes

The Control and Eradication of Disease

  • Outbreak Investigation
  • Veterinary Medicine in the 21st Century



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Veterinary Epidemiology
Third Edition
by Michael Thrusfield

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