The online course «The use of GIS in animal disease response» is available in the e-learrning platform of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie.

The course intended to present an empirical approach to implement a GIS project to capture, manage and analyse spatial data related to disease events. In particular, this course provides an introduction to QGIS (Quantum GIS, an Open Source GIS software for viewing, editing, and managing spatial data), a practical training on a specific QGIS plug-in.

The course is made up of 4 different modules, for a total estimated commitment of 10 hours. Modules 1, 2 and 3 include: video lectures, summaries, self assessment tests and an assignment, which can be useful to implement what you have just learnt. The last module contains interviews about practical methods for capturing spatial information related to farm location (learning outcomes are listed at the very beginning of each module).

The course is free of charge and endorsed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).


  • Animal diseases response: the role of GIS
  • The use of GIS in veterinary spatial data management
  • The use of VetEpiGIS-Tool in animal disease response
  • Use case – How to georeference a farm


Nicola Ferrè
Monica Lorenzetto
Matteo Mazzucato
Paolo Mulatti
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie


Available for 12 months from first access
Mode of delivery: on-line
Duration: 10 hours
Free of charge

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Further information

Training and Communication Unit
SCS0 – General Support Services
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie
Viale dell’Università 10 35020 Legnaro (Padova)
Tel.: +39 049 8084341