The following module consists of a group of case studies about emergency situations related to Veterinary Public Health (VPH), and the role veterinarians have to play in this field. Examples of health/sanitary emergencies presented here will help students to learn and apply their knowledge, as well as learning about VPH general topics.
Case studies will be introduced in two main blocks: epidemic processes and non-epidemic processes. Cases in each block present different situations, mostly hypothetical, which the veterinarian may encounter.
Each case is organised in three sections, as follows:
I. The first section is in PowerPoint format. It is an introduction to the “case” and presents main aspects of the case in a simple way, through images that place the students and the teacher in the reality of the case, giving them some clues to find the solution. In this section there are also included the main questions that students will have to answer in order to “solve the case”.
II. The second section, in Word or pdf format, entitled “Student Guide”, presents the case in a more detailed and step-to-step way. This section presents the relevant information guiding the student through points on which she/he will have to direct her/his research. The section also includes questions that the student will have to answer, as well as complementary information or comments which will help in finding the answers.
III. The third section, also in Word or pdf format, entitled “Teaching Guide” aims to be the teacher’s working tool. It describes the objectives and shows teachers the way to guide students through the solution of the case study. This section also suggests relevant documents and articles to be consulted by the students as theoretical background to “solve the case”.
In addition, this section gives -for most of the case studies- possible answers to the proposed questions. When, more than one answer is possible, a debate between teachers and students is suggested, encouraging them to look together for alternative answers.
More “Case studies” are available for consultation visiting the URL (http://www.sapuvetnet.vet.uu.nl/). These “Case studies” -developed during the project SAPUVET I (EU ALFA n. II-0056-A)- have been included in a Training Module. which is presently used, tested and validated by the partner institutions of the project SAPUVETNET II.