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Unit information: One Health in 2019/20

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Unit name One Health
Unit code VETS30034
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Tarlton
Open unit status Not open

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School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The One Health unit is aimed at improving the understanding of animal and human health and disease and the impact on and interactions with the environment.

Aims of the Unit

  1. To provide an in-depth understanding of pathological mechanisms of disease, how the body responds in terms of immune responses and tissue repair, both appropriate and inappropriate responses, and what types of treatment are available.
  2. To convey a fundamental understanding of how disease functions within the veterinary population, including wildlife, how this relates to public health, as a result of food production and zoonotic disease, and what impact livestock production and treatment has on the environment.
  3. To provide competency in critical analysis and management of data and study outcomes in order to facilitate understanding of research articles and interpretation of research project data

Intended learning outcomes

  1. To provide an in-depth understanding of:
  • The processes of infectious disease and the impact on veterinary patients
  • How the immune system reacts to provide an appropriate response to injury and infection and how this informs veterinary treatment of veterinary patients with specific conditions
  • How the immune system may respond inappropriately in allergic disease
  • The basis of musculoskeletal diseases and their treatments, particularly in relation to veterinary species
  • Neoplasia in veterinary species
  • How livestock management and veterinary interventions impact on the environment
  • The concept and principles of One Health and its application to veterinary nursing practice
  • Disease in the veterinary population (veterinary epidemiology)
  • Relevant elements of veterinary public health

2. To provide competency in critical analysis and management of data and study outcomes

Teaching details

Lectures and Seminars and data handling assignment

Assessment Details

Students will undertake a 3 hr unseen written paper (100%) (Learning outcome 1), and also a data handling question (Learning outcome 2).

Students will undertake a MUST ENGAGE exercise in data handling which will receive formative feedback (Learning outcome 1)

Resit – as above

Reading and References

These will mostly be journal articles relevant to the teaching which are current at the time of delivery of the lectures.

Veterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction By Dirk Pfeiffer ISBN 1405176946, 9781405176941 One Health Initiative Animals + Humans = One Health One World, One Health, One Medicine and One Health Journals and Special Issues sections on the links page.

Veterinary Epidemiology, Third Edition, Michael Thrusfield ISBN-10: 0632063971; ISBN-13: 978-0632063970

Veterinary Epidemiologic Research - 2nd Edition, Ian Dohoo, Wayne Martin and Henrik Stryhn, featuring our very own Prof Bill Bowne in the chapter on Bayesian Stats.

Handbook of Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, Peter Cockcroft & Mark Holmes, ISBN-10: 1405108908 | ISBN-13: 978-1405108904

Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science, Aviva Petrie & Paul Watson, ISBN-10: 063205025X | ISBN-13: 978-0632050253