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Our Services

Epidemiology Consultancy

Our epidemiology services range from study design and analysis to disease preparedness consulting. We have a broad offering that includes: •    Research design •    Sample size calculations  •    Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.  •  Experience with spatial analysis, network analysis, machine learning, deep learning along with broad experience in clustered data analysis •  Effective communication of results no matter how large or complex the data, via the use of interactive graphical displays Coding in R, one of the world’s most powerful statistical and data-analytics software, is also in our blood. It provides us the flexibility to answer almost any question from a dataset.  We help with disease preparedness via the assessment of strategic and operational procedures. Our combined veterinary backgrounds and epidemiology skills provide a very grounded oversight to planner operations.

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Research Services

Work with us on your research project start to end or pick and choose a specific service/s you require. We are a GLP accredited provider so GLP and GCP trials are all possible with EpiVets. Our services cover:  •    Design – What, who, how many subjects are required? •    Animal and human ethics •    Protocols (To a GLP or GCP standard if required) •    Finding study locations * Access to a research farm •    Study logistics •    All data collection on farm (technicians and veterinarians) •    Data entry, analysis, and reporting •    Basic laboratory work (most laboratory work is outsourced to commercial suppliers)

Education and Training

We love to share information and ideas with others. Some of the services we offer in this space are: •    Written training – publications and articles •    Presenting – farmer events, conferences, meetings etc •    Podcasts •    Videos •    Planning/ benchmarking/ tool development •    Edubits

Additional Services

•    Animal welfare assessment and consulting
•    Data collection and benchmarking for businesses

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Proud project moments

The prevalence of tail damage on New Zealand dairy farms 

We are currently working on a joint venture with VetNZ to assess the prevalence and risk factors of damaged tails across 200 New Zealand farms. This project which has been made possible by the Sustainable Fibres and Futures Fund is a big step forward in helping improve the welfare of dairy cows across New Zealand.

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M. Bovis network analysis

Our team were involved in analysing the NAIT movements of all cattle in New Zealand as part of a project for MPI. The figure below shows movement between regions over the period of three months as an example of the scale and range of animal movement events.

Cattle movements in New Zealand - epidemiology

What do cows and calves do when nobody's looking?

Our team led a research project (as part of VetEnt Research) in 2020 and 2021 across eight farms in the North and South Islands to identify how well cows were feeding their calves. The study involved 30 staff who ran shifts 24 hours a day over a period of two weeks per farm, on scissor lifts in calving paddocks. Want to see the results? Check our findings out via the links below.  

Scissorlift image on paddock  - how well cows are feeding their calves research project

Some nice words from our clients

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I want to deal with people I know are going to do a good job - tackle things in interesting ways.

 

I like their focus on the practical...their extremely well-planned studies undertaken by people who deliver on their promises. Outcomes that match promises are key.

- Professor Richard Laven

Professor of Production Animal Health & Welfare

EpiVets work closely with Richard on many projects. Our collaborative programmes are varied and include Richard working in conjunction with the EpiVets team and EpiVets assisting Richard when he needs a team to upscale projects that are valuable and practical to the veterinary industry.

- Professor Richard Laven

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I love their different, innovative approaches...their 'can we do this in a more innovative way' thinking. 

 

They also provide us expert assistance when we're working with another clinic that doesn't have that particular required expertise. 

- Matt Wells

Technical Services Manager

Virbac regularly contracts EpiVets for on-the-ground studies, product research, and social science market research. Through EpiVets extensive contact network in the veterinary industry, Virbac benefits from multi-region research and opinions, in addition to the high-quality, on-farm research required.

- Professor Richard Laven

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I love their different, innovative approaches...their 'can we do this in a more innovative way' thinking. 

 

They also provide us expert assistance when we're working with another clinic that doesn't have that particular required expertise. 

- Matt Wells

Technical Services Manager

Virbac regularly contracts EpiVets for on-the-ground studies, product research, and social science market research. Through EpiVets extensive contact network in the veterinary industry, Virbac benefits from multi-region research and opinions, in addition to the high-quality, on-farm research required.

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The quality of their service is second-to-none. They have a great understanding of their study species, strong tech abilities, and are good communicators that take the time to really get to know their clients. 

- Professor Mark Stevenson

Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology

Mark and EpiVets have worked together on multiple large, complicated projects over the past ten years. Mark works as both an extended EpiVets team member and a mentor – assisting our team to continue improving their skills, particularly in the spatial epidemiology space.

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They make things easy by being such approachable and flexible partners.

- Jo Holter

Technical Services & After Sales Manager

EpiVets projects with MSD are varied and include on-farm clinical research and statistical analysis. 

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