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Introduction to Statistics for Veterinarians in Industry

At the Australian Technology Park, Locomotive Workshop off Garden Street in Eveleigh Sydney NSW

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October 2013


  1. Combination of lectures, resource material, and hands-on training in statistics
  2. Using Excel, R and MedCalc (demo version)
  3. Real world datasets and worked examples
  4. Outcomes:
    1. Understand statistical principles that underpin clinical trials
    2. Perform a range of statistical analyses using example datasets
    3. Learn principles of power analysis and sample size and apply these with examples
    4. Know how to identify problems and either solve them yourself or seek appropriate help
  5. At the end of this course participants will be better placed to design and manage clinical trials including either managing analyses themselves or making more effective use of statistical consultants
  6. The course will be run over two full days
  7. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops - this course will have hands-on learning by doing

Preparation - things to do before the course starts

  1. Install R
  2. Work through a brief guide to R
  3. Download the resource material and read through it
  4. Download a demo version of MedCalc NOTE: The demo version will work for 15 days only AND MedCalc is only available for Windows.
    • MedCalc is not critically essential but will be used for much of the hands-on training because it is intuitively easy to use and has a reasonable range of capabilities. MAC users can either use a Windows emulator to run the software, have another form of statistical software installed, use Excel or may need to share a windows laptop with another participant for the course.
  5. Please feel free to bring your own datasets and your study design/issues for discussion during the course


  • 24 October 2013: Start at 9am
  • 25 October 2013: Start at 8;30am
    • Course ends at afternoon tea on day 2: 3:30pm

Schedule for AVI course

RESOURCE MATERIAL (under development)

Notes from Nigel A series of PDF files comprising detailed notes for Nigel's topics
Notes from Brendan
Excel templates and tools
Datasets .mc1 files are for MedCalc. All of these files are also in Excel format
Datasets Two additional datasets for use in exercises

  • Powerpoint files for download
    • loaded as multiple separate files

Introduction to course
Introduction to statistics
Exploratory Data Analysis
Non-parametric tests
Statistical power and sample size
Planning a study
Using Excel
Statistical software
Powerpoint files from Brendan


We look forward to seeing you at the course.

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