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Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM) 2017 Inverness, Scotland.

The Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM) are holding their annual conference in Inverness this week (29th – 31st March 2017). The meeting's local organisers include EPIC members from SRUC Research’s Epidemiology Unit: George Gunn, Aaron Reeves, Harriet Auty and Carla Gomes.

The meeting is preceded with a panel session for students, post-docs and early career researchers. The networking event provides a forum to discuss career options in animal health, epidemiology and disease control.

SVEPM 2017 encompasses sessions on diverse subjects including methods & modelling, estimating disease occurrence and policy & decision support. This year it follows on from the inaugural meeting of the International Society for Economics and Social Science in Animal Health (www.isessah.com).

Thibaud Porphyre, from The Roslin Institute will be speaking as part of the Policy & Decision Support Session: ‘Government preparedness for exotic incursions of swine fevers in Scotland: how can research help? ‘

Several EPIC members are also presenting posters. Sam Lycett (Roslin) is presenting on ‘Enhancing Animal Disease Surveillance with Virus Sequences and Phylodynamics’, Gustaf Rydevik (Roslin) on ‘What is the potential for BTV spread in GB and how is it affected by temperature and midge abundance?’, Stephen Catterall (BioSS) on ‘Individual contact tracing using simulated real-time data’ and Sibylle Mohr (University of Glasgow) on ‘Manipulation of contact network structure and the impact on FMD disease transmission’. EPIC posters will be made available after the conference on our website.

Further details of the conference and programme can be found at the SVEPM website.

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