Arata Hidano

Doctor of Philosophy, (Veterinary Science)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Optimising the use of new data streams for making epidemiological inferences in veterinary epidemiology

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Human activities and infectious disease are closely interwoven. Disease spread may change how humans behave and human activities play a critical role in how disease spreads. Livestock disease is no exception. In order to control livestock diseases effectively, it is essential to understand the complex interrelationships between livestock disease and farmers' practices such as livestock trading and hygiene practices. This research area has been understudied largely because it requires a scientific collaboration over animal and social science. Mr Hidano investigated farmers' behaviours from various aspects using face-to-face interviews, big data analysis, and a computer simulation model. He showed that accumulating big data in livestock industries could provide valuable information on farmers' behaviours when analysed appropriately. The results suggest individual farmers may not always be concerned with diseases but that the specific livestock trading system that has developed in New Zealand may have contributed to reducing a disease spread between farms.

Professor Carolyn Gates
Professor Tim Carpenter


Selected publications

Hidano, A., Carpenter, T. E., Stevenson, M. A., & Gates, M. C. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of regionalisation in limiting high-risk livestock trade movements. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 133, 31–41.

Hidano, A., Dukpa, K., Rinzin, K., Sharma, B., Dahal, N., & Stevenson, M. A. (2016). A cross-sectional survey of population demographics, the prevalence of major disease conditions and reason-specific proportional mortality of domestic cattle in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 130, 1–9.

Hidano, A., Yamamoto, T., Hayama, Y., Muroga, N., Kobayashi, S., Nishida, T., & Tsutsui, T. (2015). Unraveling Antimicrobial Resistance Genes and Phenotype Patterns among Enterococcus faecalis Isolated from Retail Chicken Products in Japan. PLOS ONE10(3), e0121189.

Kobayashi, S., Hidano, A., Tsutsui, T., Yamamoto, T., Hayama, Y., Nishida, T., … Murakami, K. (2014). Analysis of risk factors associated with bovine leukemia virus seropositivity within dairy and beef breeding farms in Japan: A nationwide survey. Research in Veterinary Science, 96(1), 47–53.

Hidano, A., Hayama, Y., & Tsutsui, T. (2012). Prevalence of Immunity Presumed Using Rabies Vaccination History and Household Factors Associated with Vaccination Status among Domestic Dogs in Japan. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases65(5), 396–402.