Veterinary medicine is a part of health care science that deals with non-human treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases, other disorder and injuries. It is a broad field covering all species of animals as well as many disciplines. The practitioners are called veterinary physicians or vets (veterinarians). Usually they focus on these areas: small animal practice, wildlife medicine, food safety, food animal medicine, large animal practice, laboratory animal practice, conservation medicine, equine medicine, exotic animal veterinarian and etc. Graduates can work as animal caretakers, marine biologists, park managers or rangers, science teachers, animal groomers, veterinary pathologists, animal assisted therapists and etc.
Animal experiments are ethically justified only if they are designed, conducted and analysed in such a way that they produce the most relevant and reliable information. If these conditions are not met, the laboratory animals are in fact wasted. A crucial method to meet these conditions are so-called systematic reviews.
The objective of this 2-week intensive course in laboratory animal science is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and for the quality of research.
FAO Reference Centre for Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases at Utrecht University offers a specialised training course on tick taxonomy. Ticks and tick-borne diseases affect animal and human health worldwide and are the cause of significant economic loses.
Looking at primates resembles looking at a mirror. Similar to humans, primates are highly social animals with complex social interactions. Relationships of primates are characterized by agonism, affiliation and sex.
The objectives of this course are to understand the modelling principles of microbial risk assessment and to be able to implement the risk assessment process in practice. The focus will be on a bottom-up approach, where measurements in food chains and in the environment are used to assess the risk at exposure, but also attention will be paid to the top-down approaches of observational epidemiology and source attribution.
The aim of this course is to make scientists and other professionals (managers, policy makers) in the field of animal management aware of the ethical dimensions of their dealing with animal (welfare) issues. The course offers knowledge and tools that enables them to deal with ethical questions on both a theoretical and a practical level.
In this course the student is trained to perform post-mortem diagnostics based on protocols, and to formulate, based on this diagnosis, the pathogenesis, the etiology and significance of the pathological conclusion for the contact animals.
It is taught by epidemiologists from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and forms part of the MSc Epidemiology program of the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University. The aim of the 8-week course is to make you familiar with all the basic principles of veterinary epidemiology. In every learning unit, a specific veterinary epidemiology topic will be discussed, illustrated and combined with practical data analysis tasks and/or reading assignments, for an interactive learning experience.
Canine health and nutrition is a topic that not enough people know about, and the demand for canine nutritionists is growing. The announcement of this course, exclusive to BCCS has been well received and much anticipated.
Most veterinarians, and certainly equine veterinarians, will at some point during their career be confronted with a sick donkey. Although donkeys resemble horses in many respects, there are also a number of important differences. During this course, we will address the similarities and differences between donkeys and horses.
Economic issues play an important role in the often risky decisions that need to be made about disease control. The aim of this introductory course, which is intended for participants with an interest in the field of animal health economics, is to provide you with the basic economic principles and concepts that underlie decision-making about animal health problems.
Economic modeling underpins decision-making in the entire field of animal health economics, so a good understanding of the issues and tools involved is vital. The aim of this hands-on course is to enable you to become familiar with using the relevant tools so that you can become more actively involved in economic decision-making, particularly with regard to disease control.