NEAT partners conducted an online questionnaire survey to assess current and future needs and expectations of people using EAH. The survey that covered 35 countries among which 26 were European revealed that education in EAH is inconsistently offered by the different educational institutions surveyed and does not only depend upon the country considered. There is no harmonization between the different curricula and limited exchanges to run or promote them.
Recently Keith Howe mentioned in his blog that it has become customary to speak of the economics of animal health as learning about ‘tools’. He emphasized the importance of critical thinking and understanding of economic theory when structuring an animal health problem for economic analysis. So I started to think about the evidence provided by literature in the economics of animal health, and whether the foundations of economics applied to animal health needs to be fortified.
There is a position available in CIRAD Guadeloupe (2 years post-doc) for an economist specialized in animal health (economic study to evaluate the costs of animal infectious diseases in the Caribbean, to further evaluate benefits of surveillance/control strategies). The deadline for application is 8 July 2014 and the date of start is 1 September 2014.
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‘Antimicrobial resistance is a major one health problem. More so as modern medicine is dependent on efficient therapies being available e.g., when doing major surgery or treating cancer. In veterinary medicine, antimicrobials are one of the main tools in the veterinary toolbox for ensuring animal health and welfare. With resistance emerging for ever more antimicrobials and the lack of new antimicrobials since the 1980s (Davis, 2013) this veterinary toolbox is becoming empty.
The COST Action proposal NEOH (“Network for Evaluation of One Health”) submitted by RVC and LCIRAH (the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health) with active participation of several NEAT and other international partners got officially approved by the COST Committee in Brussels on 13/14 May 2014.
COST stands for “European Cooperation in Science and Technology” and funds the coordination of pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields (http://www.cost.eu/).
Keith Howe produced a thoughtful and eloquent blog and as a follow up to this I want to draw people's attention to the work of Ha-Joon Chang an economist based at Cambridge University and an influential thinker globally. I requested that Dr Chang contributes to the NEAT blog and his suggestion was to direct people to the following webpage "Its time to demystify economics":
It has become customary to speak of the economics of animal health as learning about ‘tools’. That is misleading. A ‘tool’ means an instrument, implement or, more generally, something that serves as a means to accomplish an end. But before selecting a tool the first task is to define what that end, or objective, is. In economics, it is to improve society’s well-being by using scarce resources as efficiently as possible.
Within NEAT work package 4, last month, we had a meeting to discuss requirements for teaching in the field of Economics of animal health. I tell, that was quite an interesting meeting where with a number of key players in this field we tried to determine which topics were needed for the so called “day one” veterinarians (i.e., veterinarians at the moment of graduation). You will certainly hear more about the outcomes, because they form the basis of the development of teaching materials within NEAT.
Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists will organize a seminar on Economics of Animal Health and Welfare. The seminar will be held in Hämeenlinna, Finland on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2014.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is looking for an agricultural economist MSc student to work on the Nicaragua Learning Alliance for 6 months and use this assignment to complete an academic requirement of the MSc degree (final thesis, field study report, sabbatical activity report, etc). Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish are requirements; stipend is available.
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