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Big data: big opportunities for veterinary surveillance

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Across the UK governments budget cuts – threatened and real – have cast a long shadow over our veterinary surveillance capacity with laboratory closures, threatened laboratory closures, and the concern, raised by BVA and others, that vital data would no longer be captured centrally.

In response, Defra has been forced to think innovatively about how it can maintain a robust veterinary surveillance network. But is it enough? At the same time, we are bombarded with messages about the power of “Big Data”, and the veterinary world is lagging behind our human medicine colleagues in embracing the power of capturing data on a large scale.

In this session we will hear a progress update on Defra’s surveillance plans, how small animal surveillance is becoming an increasingly important tool, and what the future could hold for a veterinary profession that embraces big data.


  • Richard Irvine BVetMed PGCertILHP MSc(CIDA) Dipl. ECPVS MRCVS, Head of Surveillance Intelligence Uni  & Scanning Surveillance in Poultry, Livestock and Wildlife, Animal and Plant Health Agenc
  • Alan Radford BSc BVSc PhD MRCVS, Reader in Infection, and project leader for SAVSNET, Universit of Liverpool, Institute of Infection and Global Healt
  • Chaired by John Fishwick MA VetMBn DCHP DipECBHM MRCVS

Running time: 76 minutes.
Part of BVA Congress at London Vet Show 2016.

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