Publications and Resources

Ausvet has a strong commitment to developing epidemiological skills around the planet. To this end, we have produced a range of books and software most of which are freely available for download. The Ausvet team has also made significant contributions to the scientific literature, covering the wide range of our skills and experience. Many of these publications are listed on this page.

Books by Ausvet

Key books by members of the Ausvet team available for download (most free)

Academic publications

A searchable list of all publications by the Ausvet team


A set of calculators and models for surveillance and epidemiological studies including power

Survey Toolbox

A practical manual and software package for active surveillance of livestock diseases in developing countries.

Angus Cameron (1999)
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
ACIAR Monograph No 54, 330 pages, ISBN 1 86320 234 X

Survey Toolbox has become a standard text for undertaking field surveys for animal diseases, particular in developing country settings. It provides an easy to read overview of survey techniques, including sampling theory, data and specimen collection, interview technique, and data management. It applies this theory to the practical implementation of prevalence and incidence surveys, as well as surveys to demonstrate freedom from disease.

Survey Toolbox for Aquatic Animal Diseases

A practical manual and software package

Angus Cameron (2002)
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
ACIAR Monograph No 94, 372 pages, ISBN 1 86320 351 6

This volume grew out of the earlier Survey Toolbox, but recognises the special challenges faced when undertaking surveillance for aquatic animal diseases. The structure of the book allows it to be used on three different levels – for planners, trainers and field operational staff. The language used is designed to be easily understandable by people speaking English as a second language.

Manual of Basic Animal Disease Surveillance

Angus Cameron (2012)
Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR)
ISBN 978-9966-1659-1-6

This book was born out of a simple question: If I have very limited resources in my country, what is the most important basic animal disease surveillance that I should be doing? This manual aims to assist veterinary authorities in developing countries in deciding on the best approach to animal disease surveillance, depending on their own needs and capabilities. Part one establishes a framework
for deciding on the best approach to surveillance. This involves:

  • Identifying the various purposes of surveillance, and the information requirements to meet each of these purposes
  • Identifying the surveillance tools available, their characteristics and the information that they are able to generate; and
  • Matching the tool to the purpose of surveillance

 Également disponible en français

Risk-Based Disease Surveillance

A Manual for Veterinarians on the Design and Analysis of Surveillance for Demonstration of Freedom from Disease
A. Cameron, F. Njeumi, D. Chibeu and T. Martin (2014)
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, ISBN 978-92-5-108637-7

Risk-based surveillance is not a particular technique; rather, it describes a general approach to undertaking disease surveillance. The principle is simple and self-evident: the most efficient way to find disease is to survey the animal populations that are most likely to be affected. This is in contrast to the more traditional statistically-based approach of taking representative samples from a population. While the idea of risk-based surveillance is simple, the implications are complex. The approach can be much more cost-effective for some purposes, but if misused, it can lead to serious errors or it can be more expensive than traditional approaches.

This manual guides the surveillance designer through the principles and applications of risk-based surveillance, and provides techniques for the valid analysis of the results of surveillance.

Epidemiology for Field Veterinarians

An Introduction
Evan Sergeant and Nigel Perkins (2015)
CABI, ISBN 978-1-84593-683-9

Intended as an introduction for veterinarians and other animal health professionals interested in and wishing to apply epidemiological methods in their day-to-day work, this book provides a practical guide for those new to the field. Its applied focus covers the principles of epidemiology in real world situations and practical implementation of disease outbreak investigation, for both emerging and endemic diseases. Techniques and methods are discussed, supported by case studies and practical examples to illustrate their application. The book is clearly written and accessible, providing readers with practical information and encouraging the development of problem-solving skills. It is an essential handbook for veterinary surgeons and students and those involved in animal health, food safety and epidemiology.

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