EPIC (Epidemiology, Population health and Infectious disease Control)

is an ambitious animal heath consortium project.

EPIC brings together Scottish-based expertise under one umbrella to best prepare Scotland's livestock industry and stakeholders for Animal Disease Outbreaks.

Take a look at our aims below.

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Evidence-Based Advice

EPIC provides evidence based advice to Scottish Government and relevant partners e.g. non-departmental public bodies and local government. This can range from developing risk assessments to providing advice for contingency plans to be rapidly swung into action in the event of an outbreak.


Bringing together research, analysis and interpretation on the subject of animal disease outbreaks, in order to inform the Scottish Government on the latest thinking and best practice.

Innovative Thinking

EPIC promotes innovative thinking in support of policy development and implementation. Horizon Scanning - what will livestock production look like in 40 years time, and what does this mean for the prevention and control of exotic diseases?

Knowledge Exchange 

Key to the success of a large collaborative project such as EPIC, is effective knowledge exchange. A combination of social media, the latest technology and software is used to bring together EPIC member institutions which are spread across Scotland.

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Spotlight on veterinary epidemiology, population health and infectious disease control.

The Scottish Government has today announced the re-commissioning of EPIC, the Pan-Scottish Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks.

Bluetongue in Central France - Risks for UK

DEFRA publish important risk assessment of the Bluetongue (BTV-8) outbreak in central France spreading to the UK

Avian Influenza in Dunfermline officially confirmed Low Pathogenic H5N1 13th January 2016

Avian influenza has been formally confirmed on a poultry farm near Dunfermline. Laboratory tests have identified a very mild strain of the H5N1 virus.

Suspect Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza case in Dunfermline, 8th January 2016

Suspect Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza case in a Dunfermline poultry farm, is currently being investigated. The advice from HPS is that the risk to human health is considered very low.

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Consortium Partners in EPIC

Biomathematics & Statistics, Scotland
The James Hutton Institute
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