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MSc (Vet. Tropical Diseases) - web-based

Selected Infectious Diseases – Cattle

Purpose

To gain proficiency in the epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and control/eradication of economically important infectious diseases of cattle particularly in Africa with special reference to transboundary diseases and diseases of importance at the wildlife/domestic animal interface.

Entry requirements

Candidates with a Veterinary, Animal Science (e.g. Agriculture, Zoology, Entomology), or Microbiology degree may enrol for degree purposes.

Coordinator

Prof Koos Coetzer

Other facilitators

Prof Moritz van Vuuren
Dr Jannie Crafford
Dr Jackie Picard
Prof Jacques Godfroid
Dr Wilma Vosloo

Module structure

Item

Method of instruction

Notional hours

Credits

The epidemiology, diagnosis and control/eradication of important infectious diseases of cattle

Online

250

25

Learning outcomes

The following diseases or disease complexes will be dealt with in this module:

Highly contagious diseases that can have a major impact on international trade of cattle and cattle products, and have serious socio-economic consequences

  • Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
  • Foot-and-mouth disease
  • Rinderpest

Other contagious diseases of cattle that are of socio-economic importance

Viral diseases:

  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
  • Bovine viral diarrhoea and mucosal disease
  • Malignant catarrhal fever
  • Rabies

Bacterial diseases:

  • Anthrax
  • Botulism
  • Bovine brucellosis
  • Bovine genital campylobacteriosis
  • Bovine tuberculosis
  • Clostridial myosites
  • Dermatophilosis (Sencobo disease)
  • Haemorrhagic septicaemia
  • Pneumonic pateurellosis

Protozoal diseases:

  • Coccidiosis
  • Trichomonosis

Vector-borne diseases

Viral diseases:

  • Bluetongue
  • Bovine ephemeral fever
  • Epizootic haemorrhagic disease of deer
  • Lumpy skin disease
  • Palyam viral infections
  • Rift Valley fever
  • Simbu virus infections

Protozoal diseases:

  • Besnoitiosis

On completion of this module, you will:

  • Know the morphological and physico-chemical characteristics of the causative organisms of the listed diseases that determine their identification, infectivity, influence their transmission, and can be manipulated for control purposes
  • Know and understand the epidemiology of the listed diseases
  • Know and understand the pathogenesis to be able to deduce the clinical signs and pathology of the listed diseases
  • Know the epidemiology, clinical signs and macro-pathology to make a provisional diagnosis of the listed diseases and to derive an informed differential diagnosis list
  • Know how to diagnose the listed diseases in the living animal by means of clinical signs, collection, preservation and transport of the appropriate specimens, and requesting the relevant laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Know how to diagnose the listed diseases in the dead animal by means of necropsy, collection, preservation and transport of the appropriate specimens, and requesting the relevant laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Apply knowledge of the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs and pathology to formulate control/eradication strategies for the listed diseases
  • Know and understand the control/eradication strategies that can be used for diseases at the cattle/wildlife interface
  • List and evaluate the socio-economical factors in different communities that influence the occurrence of the listed diseases and the consequences they may have under extensive (including communal and nomadic) and intensive farming systems
  • Know the diseases and risk factors that can play a role in the transboundary spread of infectious diseases

Learning resources

  • References to relevant publications (textbooks, articles, websites)
  • Course notes and articles in PDF format
  • Multimedia CD ROM: "Selected Infectious Diseases: Cattle"
  • Videos on the following diseases:
    Rabies, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, malignant catarrhal fever, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, foot-and-mouth-disease, besnoitiosis, lumpy skin disease and Rift Valley fever.