Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

The Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health is well positioned to provide a strong link between the preclinical veterinary sciences and applied (clinical) veterinary medicine. In another dimension it focuses on One Health, an area spanning the health of animals, humans and the environment. The department plays a key role in teaching students in the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree programme and other veterinary related programmes and enabling postgraduate research opportunities. Departmental staff members undertake teaching, research and diagnostic service across their areas of specialty.

Unifying departmental themes include:

  • enhancing an understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of infectious diseases of animals, with the overarching aim of improving methods for their diagnosis and control
  • improving animal health and welfare through application of more effective disease control
  • supporting the efficient and economic production of safe food and animal-based products, both terrestrial and aquatic
  • monitoring current and emerging infectious diseases of animals that may impact on human health, including drug-resistant pathogens
  • fostering collaborations between medical and veterinary personnel in the provision of targeted public health measures
  • improving animal welfare through research, teaching and public education

Staff members focus both on local and international issues, and are actively engaged in enhancing the profile and effectiveness of veterinary training, public health and applied research throughout the Asia-Pacific region.