8th Summer Course on Veterinary Epidemiology

Monday, September 12, 2016 (All day) to Friday, September 23, 2016 (All day)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium
Contact person: 
Prof. Jeroen Dewulf





Epidemiology in veterinary medicine is becoming increasingly important for many people active in veterinary practice, research, consultancy and organization and regulation of animal production.

The aim of this summer course is to make all participants familiar with the key aspects of veterinary epidemiology in a practical and applied manner. Upon completion of this course all participants should be familiar with all basic concepts of veterinary epidemiology, be capable of critically reading and understanding scientific literature and performing basic statistical and epidemiological analyses. Moreover the participants should be ready to design surveillance, analytical or clinical studies and to critically analyze the results. Furthermore the participants will be introduced to several aspects of more advanced epidemiological tools.

The course will be organized as a two week summer course (12 September – 23 September 2016) consisting of 10 course days. Every day will be filled with a mixture of theoretical training and practical applications. At the end of the course there will be the possibility to participate in a "take-home" exam.

The course will be thought by not less than 7 different experienced lecturers with ample theoretical and practical knowledge.


The course is intended for everybody who is confronted with epidemiological questions in their professional activities (such as practice, disease control, scientific research and legislation) and is open to veterinarians as well as any other master degree in the field of biomedical sciences or bioengineering. No specific prior epidemiological or statistical knowledge is required. Although the majority of examples are from the field of veterinary medicine the course touches on all general principles of epidemiology and is therefore equally interesting to participants facing epidemiological questions in non-veterinary domains (e.g. human medicine, plant diseases, food safety,…).


The course fee is € 1400. For PhD students, members of the Flemish society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (VEE) as well as residents or internes of a European College (member of EBVS) the fee is reduced to € 1200. PhD students that are member of the Doctoral School life science and medicine (DS LSM) of Ghent University receive a co-financing of €400 (final fee is then €800).

The registration fee includes:

- All theoretical and practical courses

- The book "Veterinary Epidemiologic Research" (Dohoo, Martin, Stryhn)

- All course notes

- Coffee and lunches during all course days

Registration is done by sending all relevant information to the course organizer Jeroen Dewulf: Jeroen[dot] Dewulf[at] UGent[dot] be before 15 July 2016. The subscription is only final after having paid the registration fee (you will receive an invoice after registering). Be careful since the registrations will be treated on a first come, first serve basis and the maximum number of participants is limited to 25. After registration you will receive a password that allows you to download all course material from the course website: http://www.rohh.ugent.be/vetepisummercourse. For more information, see attached document and contact details.

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