Teaching of economics applied to animal health can be assessed by grouping activities into three strands:

  1. Innovation and relevance of economic and social science methods used in animal health teaching and associated decision making.
  2. Innovation in the development of teaching materials that are appropriate to the different levels of animal health professional education.
  3. Innovation in means of delivery of materials and their institutionalisation in the animal health training curricula at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels.

These aspects can be further explored at levels of:

  • Teacher-student interactions in the different cluster regions of NEAT
  • Teacher-teacher discussions between teachers involved in clinical training and in animal health economics teaching
  • Teacher-curriculum setting groups to ensure that the materials developed and their delivery are institutionalised

NEAT builds on the material available and the resources currently being put into the educational materials across Europe. An example is the Advanced Training Programme in livestock health and production supported by the UK’s BBSRC. From this core and solid foundation NEAT also explores innovative ways of:

  • Curricula development including course content and teaching material
  • Adaptation of materials to regional and national contexts of the partners
  • Translation of materials partners needs