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Field epidemiology training programs for veterinarians

Field Epidemiology Training Programs for Veterinarians (FETPVs) are on-the-job training programs for veterinary professionals and paraprofessionals. They are designed to produce applied epidemiologists who can employ their knowledge to address real health problems in complex settings. Participants learn through service, with most of their training time spent in field placements to enable them to achieve the desired competencies. Additional ‘class-based’ components utilise applied epidemiological case studies to help prepare trainees for their field work.

The training model was developed by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1951. The success of the approach is reflected in the global expansion of public health Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) to over 100 countries with over 12000 graduates worldwide.

Although veterinarians have been participating in public health-led FETPs for several decades,  veterinary authority-led programs have been implemented in Asia since 2009 (just over 10 years). Modelled on the FETPs, the FETPVs aim to address the risk of zoonotic diseases as well as transboundary animal diseases, which can impact farmer income and trade.

FETPVs are Ministry of Agriculture-led programs that vary considerably in their length, model and content depending on a country’s needs, its government structures, and feasibility of the program. FETPVs have a crucial role to play in strengthening health security but have not yet received the level of investment that public health institutions have received, even though the International Health Regulations (IHR) require countries to have trained animal health workforces.

APCOVE aims to strengthen the existing FETPV programs by developing training resources, training FETPV facilitators and mentors, and strengthening networks between them. The project will create networks and strengthen national expertise in veterinary institutions to detect and respond to infectious disease threats.

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases. For example, Nipah virus outbreaks occurred in Malaysia and Singapore in the late 1990s, resulting in the deaths of more than a hundred people and mass culling of more than a million pigs. In 2003 SARS affected several Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, devastating the region’s tourist industry (33 deaths of people in Singapore). In the same year, influenza A H5N1 resulted in the culling of millions of poultry birds in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. This had a profound effect on the poultry industry.

Learning outcomes for APCOVE eLearning modules and case studies

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  • A

    Fundamental Competency (Competency Leader: Naomi Cogger)

1. Why study epidemiology?

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Naomi Cogger
Team Member(s): Navneet Dhand
In-country partner(s): TBA
Reviewer: TBA

2. Measures of disease frequency

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Jenny-Ann Toribio
Team Member(s): Anke Wiethoelter
In-country partner(s): Carolyn Benigno
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

3. Measures of disease association

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Jenny-Ann Toribio
Team Member(s): Anke Wiethoelter
In-country partner(s): Carolyn Benigno
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

4. Patterns of disease in space and time

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Caitlin Pfeiffer
Team Member(s): TBA
In-country partner(s): TBA
Reviewer: TBA

5. Diagnostic tests

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Simon Firestone
Team Member(s): Viki Brookes
In-country partner(s): Khrisdiana Putri
Reviewer: Joerg Henning

6. Questionnaire design

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Bruce Gummow
Team Member(s): Navneet Dhand
In-country partner(s): TBA
Reviewer: TBA

  • B

    Outbreak Investigation and Response (Competency Leader: Mark Stevenson)

7. Prepare for outbreak investigation

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Anke Wiethoelter
Team Member(s): Joerg Henning
In-country partner(s): Martha Simanjuntak
Reviewer: Evan Sergeant

8. Conduct outbreak investigation

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Caitlin Pfeiffer
Team Member(s): Joerg Henning
In-country partner(s): Martha Simanjuntak
Reviewer: Mark Stevenson

9. Identify drivers of disease occurrence

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Mark Stevenson
Team Member(s): Simon Firestone
In-country partner(s): Kyaw Naing Oo
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

10. Avian influenza outbreak in Vietnam

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Joerg Henning
Team Member(s): Simon Firestone
In-country partner(s): Pawin Padungtod
Reviewer: Mark Stevenson

11. FMD outbreak in Myanmar

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Joerg Henning
Team Member(s): Art Subharat
In-country partner(s): Khin Ohnmar Lwin
Reviewer: Viki Brookes

12. Aquatic animal health outbreak in Indonesia

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Charles Caraguel
Team Member(s): Andres Perez
In-country partner(s): Widagdo Sri Nugroho
Reviewer: Evan Sergeant

13. African Swine Fever outbreak in Timor-Leste

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Andres Perez
Team Member(s): Mary K O'Brien
In-country partner(s): Abrao Pereira
Reviewer: Evan Sergeant

  • C

    Surveillance and Data Analysis (Competency Leader: Navneet Dhand)

14. Surveillance types, and objectives

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Charles Caraguel
Team Member(s): Jenny-Ann Toribio
In-country partner(s): Soe Soe Wai
Reviewer: Sam Hamilton

15. Surveillance systems

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Navneet Dhand
Team Member(s): Marta H-Jover
In-country partner(s): Imas Yuyun
Reviewer: Jane Heller

16. Survey for estimating disease prevalence

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Bruce Gummow
Team Member(s): Charles Caraguel
In-country partner(s): Andy Yombo
Reviewer: Sam Hamilton

17. Survey for disease freedom

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Charles Caraguel
Team Member(s): Bruce Gummow
In-country partner(s): Carolyn Benigno
Reviewer: Evan Sergeant

18. Participatory disease search

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Jenny-Ann Toribio
Team Member(s): Marta H-Jover
In-country partner(s): Kyaw Naing Oo
Reviewer: Julio Pinto

19. Analyse surveillance data

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Caitlin Pfeifferl
Team Member(s): Mark Stevenson
In-country partner(s): Widagdo Sri Nugroho
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

  • D

    Risk Assessment and Disease Control (Competency Leader: Andres Perez)

20. Introduction to risk analysis

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Andres Perez
Team Member(s): Mary K O'Brien
In-country partner(s): Carolyn Benigno
Reviewer: Naomi Cogger

21. Qualitative risk analysis

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Andres Perez
Team Member(s): Mary K O'Brien
In-country partner(s): Pawin Padungtod
Reviewer: Naomi Cogger

22. Risk communication

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Naomi Cogger
Team Member(s): Andres Perez
In-country partner(s): Pawin Padungtod
Reviewer: Evan Sergeant

23. Estimate the impact of a disease

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Mieghan Bruce
Team Member(s): Navneet Dhand
In-country partner(s): Tu Tu Zaw Win
Reviewer: Julio Pinto

24. Evaluate a brucellosis control programme

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Mieghan Bruce
Team Member(s): Navneet Dhand
In-country partner(s): Acacio Amaral
Reviewer: Anna Dean

  • E

    One Health and Biosecurity (Competency Leader: Cord Heuer)

25. Principles of cross-sector human and animal health

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Emilie Vallee
Team Member(s): Bruce Gummow
In-country partner(s): Tu Tu Zaw Win
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

26. Emerging infectious diseases

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Viki Brookes
Team Member(s): Jane Heller
In-country partner(s): Andy Yombo
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

27. Prevention of zoonotic diseases

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Jane Heller
Team Member(s): Art Subharat
In-country partner(s): Vannaphone Phouthana
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

28. Biosecurity

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Marta H-Jover
Team Member(s): Viki Brookes
In-country partner(s): Andy Yombo
Reviewer: Jane Heller

29. Learning from the COVID- 19 pandemic

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Anne-Lise Chaber
Team Member(s): Mark Stevenson
In-country partner(s): Khrisdiana Putri
Reviewer: Cord Heuer

30. Sources of human exposures to Leptospira

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Emilie Vallee
Team Member(s): Cord Heuer
In-country partner(s): Imas Yuyun
Reviewer: Joerg Henning

31. Ranking exposure sources for rabies

Case study

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Art Subharat
Team Member(s): Emilie Vallee
In-country partner(s): Sothyra Tum
Reviewer: Viki Brookes

  • F

    Leadership and Communication (Competency Leader: Jenny-Ann Toribio)

32. Leadership

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Karen Rodrigues
Team Member(s): Kaylee Myhre- Errecaborde
In-country partner(s): Widagdo Sri Nugroho
Reviewer: Jenny-Ann Toribio

33. Policy and program implementations

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Kaylee Myhre- Errecaborde
Team Member(s): Mary K O'Brien
In-country partner(s): Sothyra Tum
Reviewer: Navneet Dhand

34. Communication for managing outbreaks

Module

This would be a short description of the module / case study

Team Leader: Mieghan Bruce
Team Member(s): TBA
In-country partner(s): Khin Ohnmar Lwin
Reviewer: Navneet Dhand

Navneet Dhand

Director

Meg Vost

Project Manager

Harish Tiwari

Post Doctoral Fellow

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