More information on the social program can be found here

A pdf version of the program can be found here and a set of interpretative summaries of the presentations can be found here

Wednesday 27 March 2019

09.00-12.00: Workshops

Workshop 1: Multivariate analysis using Additive Bayesian Networks
Workshop 2: Basics of molecular epidemiology: phylogenetic trees and transmission trees
Workshop 3: EMULSION: an expert-friendly language for designing and exploring  mechanistic epidemiological models
Workshop 4: Syndromic surveillance on routinely collected data: do’s and don’ts
Workshop 5: Assessment of Confounding and Effect Modification during Data Analysis: The need for causal thinking
Workshop 6: Self-determination theory in practice: how to motivate your students?
Workshop 7: Bayesian tools for the estimation of the true disease prevalence

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00 – 14.00: Session 1:  Conference opening – Chair: Marnie Brennan

Keynote: prof. dr ir Louise O. Fresco, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands (with reservation)

14.00 – 15.00: Session 2: Environmental drivers of disease – Chair: Gerdien van Schaik

Schofield – Application of spatial modelling to explore environmental exposures for lymphoma in dogs under UK veterinary care
Egberts – Effects of air pollution and temperature on cattle mortality in the Netherlands
Poster pitches (5 x 2 minutes)

15.00 – 15.45: Coffee/tea and poster viewing

15.45 – 17.10: Session 3: Disease transmission and dynamics – Chair: Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen

Tamminen – Transmission and persistence of VTEC O157:H7 on cattle farms
Stanski – Data-driven modelling for improving herd-level bovine tuberculosis breakdown predictions in GB cattle
Hop – Dynamics of Mycoplasma bovis in Dutch dairy herds with a clinical outbreak
Poster pitches (5 x 2 minutes)

19.00 – 20.00: Drinks and reception in the poster area

20.00: Dinner at Hotel Woudschoten


Thursday 28 march 2019

08.30 – 10.00: Session 4: Stakeholder engagement – Chair Philip Robinson

Doidge – A factorial survey approach to investigate vets’ decision making when prescribing antimicrobials to sheep and beef farmers
Jones – Exploring local knowledge of sheep and goat disease in the pastoralist Afar Region of Ethiopia: implications for peste des petits ruminants disease surveillance
Delpont – Determinants of biosecurity compliance in French duck farms: the role of farmers’ knowledge, attitude and personality traits
Poster pitches (5 x 2 minutes)

10.00 – 10.30: Coffee/tea and poster viewing

10.30 – 11.35: Session 5: Impacts of prescription policies – Chair: Lisa boden

van den Heuvel – Monitoring udder health using routinely collected census data: evaluating the effects of changing antimicrobial policy
Minviel – Business models of French veterinary structures in rural areas and regulation of veterinary drug delivery
Poster pitches (5 x 2 minutes)

11.35 – 13.00: Annual general meeting

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 -15.25: Session 6: Modelling and risk assessment – Chair: Timothée Vergne

Gussmann – Modelling mastitis transmission and intervention strategies for clinical and subclinical mastitis
Picault – Combining early hyperthermia detection with metaphylaxis for reducing antibiotics usage in newly received beef bulls at fattening operations: a simulation-based approach
da Silva Oliveira – Applying a risk assessment framework for emerging vector-borne livestock diseases to pathogens with complex transmission dynamics: the risk of introduction of Japanese encephalitis virus in the United States
Poster pitches (5 x 2 minutes)

15.25 – 16.15: Coffee/tea and poster viewing

16.15 – 17.30: Session 7: Tackling production animal challenges – Chair: Fernanda Dórea

Schulz – Simulating control measures to reduce the spread of livestock-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) among Danish pig herds
Jackson – Year-round housed dairy cows: what do the public really think, and does it matter?
van den Borne – A mediation analysis to quantify the interrelationships between lameness, milking frequency, and milk production in farms with automatic milking systems

18.30 – 19.00: Buses depart from hotel Woudschoten to conference dinner

19.30 – 0.100: Drinks, reception and annual conference dinner at “De Winkel van Sinkel“. Buses to hotel depart at 11pm, 12pm and 1 am


Friday 29 March 2019

09.00 – 10.15: Session 8: Mycobacterial disease control – Chair: K. Marie McIntyre

Nigsch – Who infects whom: reconstruction of transmission trees in an endemic phase of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) infection in dairy herds by use of sequence data
Weber – How can we evaluate the efficacy of paratuberculosis control programmes?
Perrin – How can good biosecurity reduce the incidence of bovine tuberculosis?

10.15 – 11.00: Coffee/tea and poster viewing

11.00 – 11.50: Session 9: Canine epidemiology – Chair David Brodbelt

Hudson – Roaming dogs and spatial kernels: modelling rabies spread in a heterogeneous population
Mugnier – A breed-specific approach using birth weight as a risk factor for neonatal mortality in canines

11.50 – 12.40: The Gareth Davies lecture – Chair Marnie Brennan

Keynote: Prof. Simon More, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, University College, Dublin, Ireland – Perspectives from the science-policy interface

12.40-13.00: Closing the conference

13.00 – 14.00: Buffet/take away lunch