HIS Unit

The HIS Unit aims at bringing spatial information and tools to the veterinary community[1] with a focus on spatial epidemiology and how this information can be used to improve management decisions at a local, country or continental scale.

A specific goal of the HIS Unit is to contribute to bridge the gap between veterinary and public health as part of a one-health approach. In doing so particular attention is given to zoonoses and neglected tropical diseases.

Research and innovation:

  • Spatial modeling: spatial survey strategies & sample size, spatial disease prevalence models, and spatial uncertainty of model outputs;
  • Wind dispersal models;
  • Denominator mapping;
  • Crisis management and outbreak simulation;
  • Image-processing chains and integration of time-series acquired from satellites and unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV).

Products developed by the HIS Unit:

  • SpatialVET™ a web-platform to share and analyze spatial information of veterinary importance (Feasibility stage);
  • SimRiZK™ a tool to simulate the spread of infectious diseases (Feasibility stage);
  • VETGEOTOOLS™ a spatial information system for controlling animal disease outbreaks in countries with ample supply of high quality data (Prototype stage);
  • VGTropics™ a spatial information system for livestock mapping and animal health surveillance in data sparse environments (Demonstration stage);



[1] The veterinary community includes veterinary practitioners, veterinary consultancies, veterinary laboratories, food chain integrators, government veterinary officials and agencies, veterinary research institutes and academics.