PhD Studentship to support:
‘Counting sheep and other amazing creatures: managing animal surveillance to invigorate intelligent response to animal disease outbreaks’.
- The deadline is 12 noon, Friday 13 January 2017
About the Project
Contingency planning for exotic disease outbreaks has been at the top of the agendas for UK & Scottish government policy makers, the livestock industry, and the public, after the animal disease outbreaks in the recent past (e.g. Foot & Mouth Disease in 2001 & 2007). Rapid detection and response to disease incursions is only possible if there are effective & resilient disease surveillance systems with ongoing capacity to detect, assess & disseminate disease intelligence. In Scotland, the responsibility for animal data collection (for surveillance purposes) is borne by a range of local government organisations and industry stakeholders. However, the purposes and procedures for data collection vary and may be fragmented across different domains, and may be hampered by limited resources in remote regions. As both the volume of data, and types of technologies employed change and grow rapidly, the sustainability of surveillance data quality, data retention schedules, and procedures for disease outbreak data and disease surveillance strategies are not completely transparent. This project aims to build forward-looking policies regarding data preservation in emergencies as well as in “peacetime” with the aim of bringing harmonisation to current practices, and to improve learning models of disease spread/control that might mitigate economic consequences of exotic and, in some cases, endemic animal diseases.