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EPA 10

Conduct a basic epidemiological investigation of a disease outbreak in a group of animals


Investigation of a disease outbreak by gathering relevant epidemiological data to identify the most likely cause of the outbreak and enable contact tracings to limit transmission of disease.

The investigation should be structured and systematic, following epidemiological first principles. Data gathering serves as a foundation for taking further action to limit transmission of disease.

Understanding of biosecurity, reducing the risk to public health and environmental considerations are demonstrated when investigating an outbreak.

Aiming for... (Success criteria)

To have demonstrated an understanding of biosecurity with sound investigative and analytical skills in gathering relevant epidemiological information, resulting in control of the outbreak to limit transmission and prevent similar outbreaks from occurring in the future, across different;

  1. animal species,
  2. diseases,
  3. environmental contexts
  4. degrees of animal and / or client support and co-operation

Required competences

There is the potential for all domains within the 2020 RCVS Day One Competences to be relevant to this EPA, however the key areas involved in performance of this activity/area of practice are as follows;

Veterinary capability

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Individual animal
  • One health / public health
  • Animal population care & management

Reflective relationships

  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Personal leadership

  • Adaptability
  • Professionalism