User needs of Animal health information systems


Emerging and re-emerging animal diseases present obvious detrimental impacts on animal health to broader economic implications in terms of lost revenues and wider societal cost. Accurate prediction of the risk of emergences will have direct and indirect favourable effect on animal health and their related industries. For this reason a research project has been established to develop a Method to analyse threat in the context OF RISK of emergence or re-emergence of INfectious animal diseases (acronym: MORISIKIN)

The goal of this survey is to identify what are the uses and needs of professional who use the different animal information systems or tools (i.e. risk analysis tools) and data already available. Subsequently, implement these results to create an animal information systems tailored to the needs of these professionals daily work activities.

For this survey, the following terms that will be used are defined as follows:

Animal information systems/risk analysis tools: Any database tool, international, regional or national which provides information or data on animal or zoonotic diseases. It may be used as a tool for risk analysis, surveillance and other animal disease vigilance activities. Examples of such information systems are:

  • ProMED- mail: Program for monitoring emerging disease
  • WAHIS: World Animal Health Information Database from the world organization of animal health (OIE)
  • EMPRES-i Global Animal Disease Information System (FAO)
  • The Method for INTegrated risk assessment (MINT-risk), developed by the Central Veterinary Institute (part of Wageningen University, Netherlands), assesses and ranks the risk from vector-borne diseases.

Risk analysis: The process composed of hazard identification, risk assessment, risk management and risk communication

Risk assessment can be either quantitative, i.e. providing a numeric estimate of the probability of the risk and the magnitude of the consequences, or qualitative, that is using a descriptive approach.

This survey is divided into 6 different parts:

  1. Personal information.
  2. Utility of animal health information systems.
  3. Data sources.
  4. Risk assessment tools.
  5. Perceptions on using animal health platforms or risk analysis tools.
  6. Assessment of available animal health platforms or risk analysis tools.

This anonymous survey is sent to various stakeholders, decision makers, professionals at national, regional or international levels with responsibilities of animal health and welfare.

Please complete the following survey at your convenience before the 31st of October 2019

The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please answer this questionnaire to the best of your knowledge and opinion. It is 100% confidential as we are only interested in your perceptions and needs when using an animal health system/ tool.

Thank you very much for your appreciated collaboration.

On Behalf of  Dr. Juana Bianchini and Professor Claude Saegerman.


There are 36 questions in this survey.