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WIN EPISCOPE 2.0: improved epidemiological software for veterinary medicine
  1. M. Thrusfield, BVMS,MSc, DTVM, CBiol, FIBiol,MRCVS1,
  2. C. Ortega, DMV, PhD2,
  3. I. de Blas, DMV2,
  4. J. P. Noordhuizen, DVM,PhD3 and
  5. K. Frankena, MSc, PhD4
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Easter Bush, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. 2 Department of Animal Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zaragoza, C/Miguel Servet 177, 50013 Zaragoza, Spain
  3. 3 Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ruminant Health Care, PO Box 80151, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands
  4. 4 Wageningen University, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences, Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology Group, PO Box 338, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands

Abstract

Recent changes in veterinary medicine have required quantitative epidemiological techniques for designing field surveys, identifying risk factors for multifactorial diseases, and assessing diagnostic tests. Several relevant techniques are brought together in the package of veterinary epidemiological computer software, WIN EPISCOPE 2.0, described in this paper. It is based on Microsoft Windows and includes modules for the design and analysis of field surveys, control campaigns and observational studies, and a simple mathematical model. It provides comprehensive ‘Help’ screens and should therefore be useful not only in field investigations but also for teaching veterinary epidemiology.

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