Disease controlMaking sure animal disease control interventions are epidemiologically sound, economically viable and socially acceptable
Assessing disease control interventions
EPIC uses interdisciplinary expertise, including social and behavioural science and economics, to develop practical disease control interventions that can be implemented by the Scottish livestock sector.
Biosecurity and behaviour
The research conducted by social scientists has been integral to the success of EPIC. Working closely with industry and individual farmers, smallholders and crofters, our researchers gain insights into livestock keeper decision-making, from the uptake of technology to how they view biosecurity.
Economics of animal health
EPIC's agri-economists carry out analysis across livestock sectors and production types, modelling the implications of shocks to the system, such as those a notifiable disease outbreak can cause.
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EPIC veterinary risk assessment: wild bird carcass collection in the event of mass mortality due to suspected highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)