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Veterinary Business Education – research highlights innovative approaches

Research presented at the recent British Academy of Management Conference (Belfast) on veterinary business education highlighted the need for continued innovative approaches. While the study revealed variety in the scope and content of veterinary business modules, it also showed commonality in pedagogical approaches adopted and assessment methods employed. The quantity of core business modules provided to students varied from 0 hours to a total of 44 hours across the entire veterinary programme.

New Economic Data Point to Win-Win Land-Use Opportunities at the Wildlife / Livestock Interface

I'd like to flag two studies in particular, with their focus on the economics of alternative approaches to beef production in southern Africa that could positively transform livelihoods for farmers and pastoralists, while helping to secure a future for wildlife and wildlife-based tourism opportunities. As most AHEAD Update readers know, market access for livestock and livestock products from Africa is constrained by the presence of foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Risk-based surveillance for disease freedom: Master class workshop

The National Veterinary Institute in Uppsala, Sweden offers a 4-day course about risk-based methods for surveillance design and analysis. The course will take place from 28-31 October 2014. It builds on previous courses by providing participants with more detailed consideration of some of the more complex topics that has been possible in the earlier introductory courses. It also provides an opportunity for participants to work on their own examples with guidance and advice from the tutors.

This course aims to give participants:

State of affairs of economics applied to animal health (EAH) education

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.

Wanted: New aspirations and consistent approach to economic of animal health

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.

Antimicrobial resistance - a major health problem

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.

New COST Action on Evaluation of One Health officially approved

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 (


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.


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