The course will provide students the opportunity to gain insight into the peculiar, diverse and unique aspects of animal health and production in the tropics and its role in emerging animal diseases. The course aims to create a clear perspective of animal health and veterinary public health in the developing world, which is necessary to place tropical animal health into a broader context. The course involves the study of several important tropical infectious and parasitic diseases in order to give students insights in epidemiology, mode of transmission, pathogenesis, diagnostics and therapeutics. Special attention will be given to control and preventive strategies (vaccine development, early warning systems, etc.). Also typical management aspects of livestock husbandry systems in the tropics, the livestock-wildlife interface and transboundary disease management will be discussed during this course.
The role of major international organizations dealing with animal health and zoonotic spillover in developing countries (e.g. WHO, FAO, OIE) and the contributing role of veterinarians in those organizations will be highlighted during the course. The One Health approach will be discussed, integrating veterinary medicine, human medicine, environmental science and other disciplines with special emphasis on the tropical human/livestock/wildlife interface. As a result, introductory lectures on economic and environmental issues with emphasis on the developing world will also be part of the course. The course consists of lectures, group work, practicals and the creation of knowledge clips. Most lectures and group work sessions will be provided by visiting experts from all over the world who have a strong (field) experience in the tropics.