Biosecurity in Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine From Principles to Practice 1st Edition


by Jeroen Dewulf, Year 2020, FileType: PDF

Biosecurity in animal production and veterinary medicine from principles to practice 1st edition

Veterinary medicine is an interdisciplinary field, the goal of which is to minimise the impact of animal diseases through both prevention and treatment. In view of the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance, it has become more important than ever to not only focus on treating disease but also on maintaining the health of animals and avoiding the introduction or development of diseases. Biosecurity is defined in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code as a set of management and physical measures designed to reduce the risk of introduction, establishment and spread of animal dis-eases, infections or infestations to, from and within an animal population. These preventive, non-medication-based measures are relevant for the maintenance of animal health, and by extension, of food production, food safety, and biodiversity.

Globally, the way the animal production industry copes with infectious diseases is changing. The (excessive) use of antimicrobials is under debate and it is becoming standard practice to implement thorough biosecurity plans on farms to prevent the entry and spread of pathogenic micro-organisms. A good biosecurity plan benefits not only farm animal production, but also facilities where companion animals are kept, including veterinary practices and clinics. Biosecurity in Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine is the first compilation of both fundamental aspects of biosecurity practices and specific and practical information on the application of the biosecurity measures in different animal production and animal housing settings. Illustrated Veterinary Pathology: General and Systemic Pathology

The book starts with a general introductory chapter on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, followed by a chapter explaining the general principles of biosecurity. Specific topics of biosecurity, including rodent and insect control, cleaning and disinfection, hygiene and decontamination of feed, drinking water and air, and measuring the biosecurity status of farms, are detailed in dedicated chapters. Explanations on the relevance of the implementation of biosecurity plans in order to improve animal health and performance and reduce antimicrobial usage are described, and a chapter on ways to motivate farmers to implement a biosecurity plan has been included. Practical chapters deal with biosecurity in the poultry, pig and cattle industry, horse facilities, dog kennels, veterinary practices and clinics and laboratory animal facilities.

The book is a practical guide that can be used by farm and animal facility managers, consultants, veterinarians, animal caretakers, and people with an interest in prevention of diseases in animals. Academics and students will benefit from the book because it contains all relevant information on animal biosecurity.

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