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August 27th to 30th 2018

Wageningen University and Research Wageningen (Netherlands)

Registration deadline July 30th!


Towards a Global One Health: an interdisciplinary lens to explore synergies, trade-offs and pathways for food systems transitions.


Aim of the course

The health of people, animals, plants and their environments are closely connected. This short course on Global One Health (GOH) aims to foster interdisciplinary thinking on the cutting edge of agricultural production, the food supply chain and nutritional and public health outcomes (human, plant and animal) in the framework of a food systems approach. Using an academically rooted food systems approach, synergies and trade-offs between scientific disciplines, such as social, environmental, microbiological, animal, plant, epidemiological disciplines, will be explored. Also the role of public and private stakeholders in the food system (farm to fork) will be discussed.

This one-week summer course consists of lectures, data practicals, group discussions and networking. The course will build on insights form social, biomedical, plant, animal, health and environmental sciences.

Programme topics

Overview of food systems, processes and actors, by faculty, sectors and stakeholders; including cases illustrating processes and actors at the micro-, meso- and macro-level.
Impacts on nutritional and public (human, plant and animal) health, social, environmental and economic sustainability.
Debate with public and private stakeholders on global One Health. Balancing multiple sustainability outcomes in the social, ecologic, economic and health domain.
Filling research gaps, advancing methodology, enabling research infrastructures, data stewardship.

We welcome: Higher education and research: MSc, PhD-students, postdocs, researchers and teachers. Professionals: research & development, advisors, consulting, technical, support and public policy people both from industry and research centres.

Course lecturers

Prof Pieter van ‘t Veer, WU (Nutrition, public health and sustainability)
Prof Wim van der Poel, WUR (Global One Health)
Prof Fred de Boer, WU (Wildlife Resource Ecology)
Dr. Alexandre Caron, CIRAD (Health ecology Wildlife-Domestic animals interface)
Dr. Aurelie Binot, CIRAD, Qualitative Research Principles and Methodology, Social Sciences)
Dr. Christian Ducrot, INRA, (Animal Health Microbiology, AMR)
Prof Jean-François GUEGUAN, INRA, (animal Health, One Health)
Prof. Mart de Jong, WU (Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology)
Prof. Henk Hogeveen WU (Animal Health management) Research and teaching staff from WUR, Agreenium and EJP One Health


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Summer Vetnomics Residential 

Date: 19 & 20 June 2018 Venue: Norton House Hotel, Ingliston, EH28 8LX, Edinburgh, Scotland 

Course Summary 
The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to genetics and genomics in animal breeding and their use in practice. Vets are key players in the business of animal breeding and represent an important interface with farmers. This course aims to guide trained vets through a refresher in basic genetics to the latest developments in genotyping and sequencing, from the importance of phenotyping to the best assessment and management of animals based on their genetic merit. Through this interdisciplinary approach we hope to share important messages from animal genetics research, give confidence in emerging technologies and refresh and inform vets as to the underlying mechanisms of genetic progress for data interpretation and discussion with farmers. This course will provide an opportunity for the acquisition of CPD points as part of the requirement for vets to continue to improve and broaden their skills. This course is suitable for practicing vets, their clients, interested farmers, retailers, genomic services providers and breeding companies. Discussion workshops and practical sessions will be included. 

Course Content 
• Basic genetics • Heritability and genetic parameters • Selective breeding in livestock • Theory of genotyping and sequencing • Practicalities of genotyping and sequencing • Estimating EBVs  • The importance of phenotype recording • Difficult to measure phenotypes • Disease traits • Genomics in Practice: Dairy; Beef; Sheep; Goats; Pigs; Poultry; Crossbreeding • Further uses of genomics in livestock • Genetic services in the dairy industry 
Course Times 
The course starts at 9.30 on Day One and will finish at 17:00 on Day Two. 
Tutors *  
Prof. Mike Coffey  Prof. Eileen Wall  Dr. Steph Smith Dr. Neil Clelland  Prof. Georgios Banos Dr. Jo Connington Marco Winters/ AHDB rep. (* may be subject to change) 

More info at www.sruc.ac.uk




9 - 21 September, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

What is CAWSEL?

CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses aimed at providing attendees with a broad appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. The topics covered include: Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use and Farm Animal Welfare.

With a legacy spanning over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers, animal science researchers, FE, HE, Masters or PhD students and animal charity workers or campaigners. Delegates can choose to attend as many Courses as they wish, all being taught and priced individually. Historically, the courses have attracted students from over 25 countries world-wide.

CAWSEL Ambassador and 2016 attendee, Jess Rendle (BSc (Hons) MSc ATLS, PhD Candidate at Murdoch University, Western Australia) describes the course as “epic”. Jess adds that she felt “truly inspired by meeting the world’s leaders in animal welfare and mingling with like-minded people who were on the course.”

15 experts in the field of animal welfare, all eminent academics and professionals, are involved in delivering the material over the two weeks, through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions.

Amongst them are Professor Emeritus Donald Broom (Cambridge University) who has lectured on animal welfare in 43 countries, had published over 200 refereed papers and seven books; Professor Emeritus David Morton, awarded a CBE for his “services to the UK and International Veterinary Profession especially Animal Welfare and Ethics”; and course organiser, Dr Anthony Podberscek (University of Sydney), board member of The International Society for Anthrozoology and editor-in-chief of Anthrozoös, the multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals.

Early Bird Fees (valid until April 30th) vary from £400 to £980 per Course, and some grants are available via the Douglas Houghton Memorial Fund. We also offer Student and Charity rates. We take online registrations only for all four Courses. Find out more including fees and available grants on our official website: www.cawsel.com

For more information on this course, contact Madalina Marincas at Opening Doors & Venues, the appointed organisers:

Tel: +44 (0) 1562 731788

Email: CAWSEL@opening-doors.org.uk

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