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Research and teaching of dairy cattle well being: finding synergy between ethology and epidemiology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19319715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Epidemiology is a tool used to identify and quantify risk factors that contribute to the state of health or disease. In addition, the maintenance of health and recognition of nonhuman animal welfare are both key principles of health management. Animal welfare and ethology provide important contributions to our ability to understand and improve health. As such, there can be a strong connection between the disciplines of ethology and epidemiology. This connection becomes a synergy through collaborative research. At the University of Guelph, and at other institutions, dairy health management research efforts involving collaborations between faculty trained in ethology and epidemiology have led to refined and improved research programs, improved access to funding, and a broader extension audience. Furthermore, these collaborations have enhanced teaching programs and facilitated the integration of ethology and welfare topics throughout the veterinary medical curriculum. The paper provides the basis and context for the synergy between ethology and epidemiology and describes examples of teaching and research programs built upon this synergy for the enhancement of dairy cattle well being.
Todd F Duffield; Ken E Leslie; Kerry D Lissemore; Suzanne T Millman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied animal welfare science : JAAWS     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1532-7604     ISO Abbreviation:  J Appl Anim Welf Sci     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-25     Completed Date:  2009-07-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9804404     Medline TA:  J Appl Anim Welf Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry* / education
Animal Welfare*
Dairying / education
Education, Veterinary / methods*
Epidemiologic Methods / veterinary
Interdisciplinary Communication*

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