Prevention Detection Containment

Prevention Detection Containment

Training animal disease detectives in the Asia-Pacific

  • What is APCOVE?

APCOVE is a consortium of more than 40 veterinary epidemiologists, established to strengthen field veterinary epidemiology capacity in the Asia Pacific region.

APCOVE works with government animal health authorities and educators in the Asia-Pacific region. We help train animal disease detectives to detect, prevent and control animal disease outbreaks that may impact human health, animal health and farmer livelihoods.

APCOVE is led by the University of Sydney and includes veterinary epidemiologists from all veterinary schools of Australia and New Zealand, one veterinary school from the US and schools from eight countries in the Asia Pacific.

  • Animal disease detectives

APCOVE helps to train animal disease detectives to protect both animal and human health.


Animal disease detectives conduct animal disease surveillance so that diseases are detected early on before they get a chance to spread.

Outbreak investigation

Animal disease detectives investigate outbreaks to identify the source of each outbreak and to contain its spread.

One Health

APCOVE is passionate about One Health.

We believe that the health of animals, humans and the environment is interlinked. Therefore, we aim to eliminate siloed approaches to dealing with health issues at the human-animal-environment interface 

One Health recognises interconnections between humans, animals and the shared environment, and focusses on dealing with health issues holistically through collaboration. 

We work with animal and public health organisations in the Asia Pacific region to develop the knowledge and skills of veterinarians in One Health. This will better enable them to work with diverse teams involving people from public health and wildlife health, to improve communication and policy for disease investigation and surveillance.

of the emerging infectious diseases originate from animals.
Population growth, urbanisation and deforestation are contributing to human encroachment on wild habitats, bringing humans and domestic animals into closer contact with wildlife. This increases the potential for pathogens to cross species barriers, resulting in their spillover from animals to humans.
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Featured news

Meet Dr Martha Simanjuntak

July 20, 2022
“The APCOVE project is bridging a very crucial gap to enhance the capabilities of field veterinarians in the Asia-Pacific for improved health security in the region. It has been successful in bringing training to the doorstep of the field veterinarians through online training modules, even in the challenging times of the COVID 19 pandemic.”

Country partner profiles

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Meet Dr Vu Thi Thu Tra

April 30, 2022
“In Vietnam and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases have occurred, causing huge social-economic impacts. Thus, we need a skilled and professional animal health workforce to rapidly and effectively respond to disease outbreaks.”

Meet Dr Imas Yuyun

April 21, 2021
“I am passionate about providing animal health services to help produce healthy animals and safe food.”

Navneet Dhand


Meg Vost

Project Manager

Harish Tiwari

Post Doctoral Fellow

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