The HIS Unit aims at bringing spatial information and tools to the veterinary community 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);
 The veterinary community includes veterinary practitioners, veterinary consultancies, veterinary laboratories, food chain integrators, government veterinary officials and agencies, veterinary research institutes and academics.