Accumulation of knowledge and development of insight relating to:
The principles/concepts of introductory epidemiology (including socio-economics).
Community-based Animal Health and extension particularly in the African context including social, cultural and gender issues, and community development.
The epidemiology, diagnosis and control/eradication of vectors (e.g. ticks, tsetses), vector-borne diseases (e.g. trypanosomosis, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, African horse sickness, babesiosis, heartwater, theileriosis), contagious diseases (e.g. foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, tuberculosis, distemper), and parasitic infestations/infections (e.g. haemonchosis, cysticercosis) of domestic and wild animals particularly of the sub-Saharan Region.
Development of skills and competence in:
Collecting, identifying and surveying endo- and ectoparasites and infectious agents.
Selecting and collecting specimens of parasitic and infectious diseases for laboratory diagnostic tests.
Establishing appropriate differential diagnoses.
Selecting and applying procedures to confirm/reject differential diagnoses.
Communicating with and relating to clients from a diversity of cultures, customs, means and value systems.
Retrieving and evaluating literature and other data using computers and other electronic aids.
Writing and presenting a dissertation on a relevant topic.
Application of insight, knowledge, skills and competencies in integrated problem-solving situations by:
Promoting domestic and wildlife animal health management, and community health and development.
Deriving a well-considered diagnosis/differential diagnosis of infectious and parasitic diseases that are of importance in domestic and wild animals.
Preventing, controlling or eradicating infectious and parasitic diseases through application of sound principles of vaccination, parasite control, chemotherapy and chemoprophylaxis, and other measures.
Interpreting scientific publications and other sources of information accurately, and reporting and drawing valid conclusions from such information.