In recent years, emergence of exotic and foreign animal diseases has been recognized as a major threat to animal agriculture, public health and the economy. Many of these diseases are not present in the United States and thus must be studied using mathematical or statistical models to simulate natural disease conditions. As a result, the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS), a part of the Department of Veterinary Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, was established in 2004 to provide a coordinated, multidisciplinary, on-going research effort to develop models and modeling systems in the area of animal disease. Currently, we have approximately 18 personnel including: faculty, analysts, programmers, veterinarians, administrative staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students from 10 countries working at the Center. We moved to our current site at 1112 Tupper Hall, on the UC Davis campus, in December of 2013.
Our overarching goal is to develop systems that can be used to prevent, control, or eradicate animal diseases and their associated adverse economic impacts. CADMS serves as a core research program to provide a focus for all faculty interested in animal disease modeling (including mathematical and simulation modeling and risk analysis) and surveillance research. Current focus includes Foot-and-Mouth-Disease (FMD), Avian Influenza (AI), African Swine Fever (ASF), Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) and many other transboundary and emerging diseases including those affecting fish. Our program also includes training and education for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars interested in related research projects. Current UCD faculty members are from the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology and the Department of Population Health and Reproduction.