Competitive advantage, preferences and context impact decisions on animal health and welfare

Decisions regarding animal health and welfare are made by producers and other stakeholders. It is important to understand conditions where decisions are made and how economic, cultural and other factors contribute to the choices. To read the full blog article, click the link below.

Study about economics of veterinary education

A study about "Estimating the financial return on a veterinary education" written by R. Knippenberg, M. R. Dicks, B. Bain and M. Dow has lately been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). To read the complete article, please subscribe to JAVMA, Vol 246, No. 4, February 15, 2015.

Annual workshop of the Animal Health and GHG Emissions Intensity Network – 15 March 2015

The second annual workshop of the Animal Health and GHG Emissions Intensity network will be held on Sunday 15 March 2015 (full day event) in the margins of Climate-Smart Agriculture 2015 Global Science Conference at Le Corum, Montpellier, France. For more information, please click the link below.

What vets need to know about business

In familiarising myself with the international veterinary profession during 2014, there were two events that provided me with startling exposure regarding what vets need to know about business.  The events were the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Economic Summit (28 October, 2014) and the London Vet Show (20-21 November, 2014).

To read the complete article, click the link below.

SVEPM workshop “Economics of animal health: principles and practices for improved decision making”

A pre-SVEPM conference workshop will take place in Ghent, Belgium on Wednesday 25th March 2015. The workshop will deal with the economics of animal health and will be organised by Erwin Wauters, Jef Van Meensel (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research – Social Sciences Unit) and Johannes Charlier (Ghent University – Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology).

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Qualitative methods in animal health research

Despite a relatively long history of the application of qualitative research methods to human health concerns, these approaches remain relatively limited in animal health research. Nevertheless, there does appear to be a growing interest in this area, both within the research community and from government, funders and others.

Thank you!

Back in August I wrote an essay discussing the importance of veterinary economics in undergraduate education and amazingly won a trip to the second NEAT Annual Meeting in Wageningen. Unfortunately due to the unforgiving commitment of rotations I was unable to attend.  However, I was able to attend the London Vet Show this weekend instead, with considerable thanks to Barbara Haesler and many others at the RVC, who very kindly worked to make this possible. 

Call for Papers - “Policies for Competitive Smallholder Livestock Production” Conference

The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will hold a conference with the theme “Policies for Competitive Smallholder Livestock Production”. The conference will take place in Gaborone, Botswana from 4-6 March 2015.

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