Level of course: PhD course
Semester/quarter: Quarter 4 2022
Capacity limits: 20 students
Expected students total: 15
Expected students from ANIS: 4
Objectives of the course
The aim is to give PhD-students an overview of concepts and methods in Animal Health Economics (AHE) in the perspective of the livestock production - primarily at the herd level and secondly at the national level. This version of the course will focus on economics of animal health, welfare and carbon footprint in dairy farms, and the course will include AHE input for public regulations of livestock production.
Learning outcomes and competences
The course will qualify the students to:
Program of the one-week course:
Day 1 before lunch (Søren Østergaard, AU)
Day 1 after lunch (Anne Braad Kudahl, AU)
Day 2 before lunch (Søren Østergaard, AU)
Day 2 after lunch (Anne Braad Kudahl, AU)
Day 3 before lunch (Mogens Agerbo Krogh, AU)
Day 3 after lunch (Peter Thorup Thomsen, AU)
Day 4 before lunch (Jonathan Rushton, University of Liverpool)
Day 4 after lunch (Søren Østergaard, AU & Anne Braad Kudahl, AU)
Day 5 before lunch (Vivi Mørkøre Thorup, AU)
Day 5 after lunch (Jehan Frans Ettema, SimHerd A/S)
Program of a two-day follow-up course: Presentation and discussion of course assignments
The course will consist of a one week residential course and one month later a two day follow-up course will take place. We introduce the concept of economics of animal health and welfare, visit a farm and experience how they make AHE decisions, and the student will be provided with a set of tools and skills that can be used in their PhD projects. Various health and welfare problems will be addressed during the course. As an example of studying various aspects of a specific health problem we will give particular attention to health problems with significant implications for animal welfare and carbon footprint in dairy cows. This will cover the various factors involved and how to provide AHE analyses given the actual availability of on-farm data. Different model types will be introduced.
AHE becomes increasingly more important in development of public regulation of the livestock production. This will be coved by a lecture by Jonathan Rushton, University of Liverpool, UK.
The course includes lectures, exercises (both individual and in groups), and discussions and presentations both in groups and in plenum.
During the one month between the course periods each students write an individual report where presented methods are applied on a subject of own choice (could be related to their PhD study). These reports are presented and discussed on the two-day follow up course, where the students also act as opponents on each other’s report-presentations.
Participants are expected to deliver 150 working hours divided between:
The course targets PhD-students with projects within the area of livestock production or veterinary epidemiology. If there are not enough PhD-Students then the course will be open for others with similar background.
Name of lecturers
The course organizer is:
Other key lecturers of the course are:
The Economics of Animal Health and Production. By Jonathan Rushton, CABI, Wallingford, UK, 2009. ISBN-13: 9781845938758.
The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare. Theory, Evidence and Policy. Edited by Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, Dominic Moran and Rick D’Eath. CABI. 2020. ISBN-13: 978-1786392312
Will be established when course 2022 is approved
Requirements: Preparation and participation in the full program of both the 5 days residential course and the 2 day follow-up course (virtual online meeting) and a passed course report.
The course is provided by the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University
Special comments on this course
Course participants have to pay direct costs for their own travel, meals and accommodation. Rooms will be prebooked by the organisers at a hostel or B&B in the city of Viborg, approx. 15 km from the university (run by public busses). The price for the course when signing up is 200 Euro. The price covers coffee/tea, bread, snacks (Monday to Friday noon) and one social dinner.
From 24 – 28 October 2022 (one week course) and 30 November - 1 December 2022 (two day follow-up virtual meeting)
The participants are granted access to the course on a first come, first served basis (max 20 participants, deadline 25 September 2022).
For PhD students: Click here to sign up for the course.
For non-PhD students: Please sign up on a waiting list by sending an e-mail to Mette Iburg-Krogh, email@example.com