Animal disease research: Key issues

We are currently in an era of unprecedented interest and advances in animal disease research. The livestock sector is growing rapidly in response to demand, and the consequent intensification is resulting in a need for new and adapted technologies. Advances in epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, genomics, diagnostics, vaccines and ICT have great potential for controlling disease and improving productivity in livestock. At the same time, the growing concern about the human health externalities of livestock production (especially emerging zoonotic diseases, foodborne diseases and antimicrobial resistance) is stimulating new research investments to tackle these problems.