Webinar on new tool supporting the evaluation of animal health surveillance systems

RISKSUR is an EU-funded project which is developing tools for the design of cost-effective, risk-based animal health surveillance (

On September 17, 2015, at 10:30am (CET) we will run another “RISKSUR Surveillance Surgery” webinar and we would like to invite you to participate in this meeting.

Economic education for a correct use of research results in the field

[by Didier Raboisson]  One of the aims of the NEAT program is to increase the use of economics by vets. As stated in a previous blog entry by Henk Hoogeveen, “for every veterinarian a basic appreciation of the use of economics in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of animal diseases is necessary”. The use of economics for making decisions when managing health in the field remains low (with probably huge differences among species and among countries). For instance in France very few bovine health management advisors include economics in their daily activities. Decision making in cattle production has been based for a long time on comparison with the situation of farms with “good results” (called “model farms”). Making health decisions taking into account economic considerations remains difficult for bovine producers.

Evaluation of NEAT - Your feedback and opinion

To all friends of NEAT

You are aware that NEAT aims to raise the profile of education in economics applied to animal health (EAH) by international co-operation. We would like your feedback and opinion on the NEAT results till now and we kindly ask you to respond to the evaluation questionnaire (if you have not done so yet) by using the following link:

NEAT at ISVEE 2015: Keynotes and Workshop

The 14th conference of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) taking place in the City of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, during 3-7 November 2015 will focus on “Veterinary Epidemiology & Economics: Planning Our Future” and discuss how the ISVEE community can help to create adequate education, research, and public policy systems to respond to modern challenges – exactly what we in NEAT are concerned about as well! It is therefore very fitting that TWO OF THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ARE NEAT MEMBERS – namely Prof J.

Innovative Food Systems Education Coordinators (Teaching Fellow)

[Job announcement]  IFSTAL seeks to recruit a team of five full-time Coordinators for the ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL) Programme, one to be based in each of the consortium institutions. The positions are fixed-term contracts from mid-2015 until 30 September 2018.

Huge hidden costs in Turkish Dairy herds: Fertility related losses

[by Cengiz Yalçın]   Since 2000, most Turkish regions have seen an increase in their number of modern dairy herds with the herd size of between 50 to 15'000 cows. The viability of these herds and the resilience of the livelihoods of the families who own them are very sensitive to unexpected changes in feed and milk prices. When the markets are unfavourable, the Dairy Breeding Unions organises protests with the producers pouring milk into the streets.


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