The veterinary epidemiology group is located within the Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health (APCAH) at The University of Melbourne.
Our mission is to generate new knowledge and techniques that can lead to improvements in animal health, with an emphasis on identifying emerging areas of inquiry, particularly those that cross disciplinary boundaries.
The group’s remit covers a wide range of international, national and local animal health matters, including:
- Epidemiological support for emergency animal disease preparedness and response (including foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, equine influenza and avian influenza); and
- Epidemiological support for a range of endemic and emerging health issues in farmed livestock, companion animals and wildlife, with a special emphasis on zoonoses.
Working with staff from the microbiology and parasitology groups within the Faculty we provide the link that allows newly developed diagnostic techniques to be deployed with confidence at the population level. In this way, APCAH represents a ‘one stop shop’ for animal health problem solving.
A broad range of expertise is represented within the Centre, including veterinary and agricultural sciences, database development and management, geographic information systems, biostatistics, and quantitative epidemiology. Our group works closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Department of Agriculture, Canberra.
Research Group Contact Information
Name & Honorifics: Professor Mark Stevenson BVSc, MVS, PhD
Title: Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (One Health)
Group Leader: Vet Epi at Melbourne
Dept: Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health
Phone: +61 3 9035 4114
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Dr Simon Firestone BVSc, BSc, MAppEpi, PhD
Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
Coordinator of the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Diseases) program