The largest lecture hall at Wageningen University was needed, when the NEAT network members convened for the second time on 14-15 October 2014. About 90 participants from all over Europe and across the World met to jointly perform one major task of the project: To review, discuss and improve the educational materials on Economics of Animal Health (EAH) that had been elaborated during the second year of the project.
During the first day all participants were asked to put themselves in the position of veterinary students when they attended one of the various EAH lectures and practicals they had been assigned to. Not everyone had to pretend though, as several undergraduate and postgraduate students attended the meeting and helped to test the materials. Feedback from the audience was collected directly during lively discussions after each session as well as via formal evaluation sheets. The result will be the „probably most thoroughly tested EAH teaching material ever“ as local meeting host Henk Hogeveen put it. Participants continued lively discussions and conversations all throughout the evening over drinks and dinner in downtown Wageningen – a true networking experience!
The morning of day 2 of the meeting was busy with small group workshops and a plenary session focusing on the current state of play of the project and further development and activities of NEAT. The formal meeting was concluded with two invited presentations on on-line learning and the current curricula of veterinary students.
Overall, the second annual meeting was very productive. The further improvement and dissemination of the educational material, based on the outcome of this meeting, will keep the network members busy during the third and final year of the project.
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NEAT partners at Wageningen University