Veterinary Public Health and Service Delivery BIOL5275

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course addresses the one health paradigm and will introduce concepts of veterinary public health including food safety, notifiable diseases, risk assessment, regulation of slaughter and processing of livestock and game, international trade in animal products, delivery of veterinary services.


This is an online course delivered over 10 weeks during the second online learning block which runs from January to March.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written assignment 3000 words (70%)

Set exercise based on data analysis (30%)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide the necessary tools for students to evaluate and manage the risk to human health from interaction with animal populations, wild and domestic. It will also develop the skills required to analyse the delivery of veterinary services to the public under the challenging conditions of the developing world.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically analyse control programmes for the major zoonotic diseases. 

■ Recognise and critique the roles of government in veterinary public health service delivery;

■ Critically assess the variety of regulatory frameworks for veterinary service delivery;

■ Critically evaluate and analyse the impact of different regulatory frameworks, socioeconomic effects and environments on the role of the veterinarian.

■ Critically appraise the challenges of veterinary service delivery in extensive production systems, in arid and tropical regions and in developing countries

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.