Vlaamse Vereniging voor Veterinaire Epidemiologie & Economie

Annual meeting VEE 2018

Theme: Social veterinary epidemiology: how to induce behaviour changes in animal health management

Date: 26 October 2018
Venue: Palace of the Academies, Brussels

How to stimulate behavioural changes in livestock production and animal owners for better animal health and welfare? Which routes are there to change people’s behaviour in animal health management? Is this through regulation, economic incentives or are there also other means? What is the role of communication and education? Is nudging relevant to animal health? What are the farmers’ or animal owners’ perceptions on animal diseases and management, and how can we measure them? These questions are typically researched in social veterinary epidemiology (SVE), a relatively new domain within veterinary epidemiology. The term is inspired by the term ‘social epidemiology’, the field that covers research on human attitudes, perceptions and practices influencing human health. SVE is the study of human behaviour that affects the causes, spread, prevention and control of animal diseases and health problems. During the morning session of our annual meeting, speakers with specific expertise in this domain will share their experiences in the fascinating field of inducing behavioural change. We will explore recent social science contributions to veterinary epidemiology and discuss the different routes that can affect animal owners’ perceptions and behaviour in animal health management.

Invited speakers:
  • Erwin Wauters (ILVO)- Economic, institutional and social approaches to understanding and improving animal health management.
  • Carla Mingolla (UGent) - A Deceived Mind: How communication strategies can correct cognitive biases that are influencing a farmer’s adoption of sustainable treatment methods.
  • Jolanda Jansen (Sint-Anna Advies) - Practical view & experiences in changing people’s behaviour in animal health.
For the full programme, how to get there and registration, see HERE.

VEE workshop

Theme: Antimicrobial resistance in Manimals

Date: 23 May 2018
Venue: Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke leslokaal 0.2 (Vakgroep Heelkunde)

Veterinary epidemiologists and economists see antimicrobial resistance (AMR) passing daily in their media feed. This workshop will provide detailed background information to help you assess the different sources of this kind of information. How type of analysis will influence an established relationship between consumption and resistance will be explored and discussed. In addition, attention will be given to risk assessment strategies and implications on the policy level; in particular for the public health (man) in general and food safety (animal) in particular. May we introduce to you the following three speakers:

Our first speaker is Boudewijn Catry, working on the subject since he graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Ghent. Boudewijn is the recipient of our tri-annual VEE-award in 2017 and the main organiser of this workshop. After an introduction on the epidemiology of AMR and the influence of sample design, he will discuss the available tests and microbiological aspects. Next, antimicrobial consumption indicators and ways to explore a causal relationship with AMR including interventions will be addressed. Boudewijn is from Sciensano, a recently created One health federal research institution, where he heads the services Healthcare associated infections since 2009 & Veterinary Epidemiology since the beginning of this year (a.i.).

The second session will be given by Maria-Eleni Filippitzi, who followed a PhD track at Ghent University and recently joined the veterinary epidemiology service of Sciensano. With her planned PhD promotion this summer, she will tackle a risk assessment on antimicrobial resistance hazards derived from food producing animals with a specific focus on cross-contaminated feeds and its consequences for AMR development. She will explain the methodology with is strengths and limitations.

Our last speaker is Didier Verloo, graduated as veterinarian from the Faculty in Veterinary Medine in Ghent (1995) and is currently Head of the Assessment and Methodological Support Unit of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). He will give insights in the activities and policies of the agency and explain how EFSA is evolving towards the ‘open risk assessment’ approach.

In between the talks, a musical moment of melodic distraction is planned.

We are confident that this day will bring value to your future initiatives in the topic, and provide you a relevant dialogue with your relatives and colleagues.


For the full programme and how to register, see HERE.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Verslag Voorjaarsdrink 2018

Voor de allereerste keer organiseerde de VEE samen met net4vets een voorjaarsdrink om het jaarprogramma aan te kondigen en elkaar in een gemoedelijke sfeer te ontmoeten.

Enkel sfeerbeelden vind je HIER.

Boudewijn Catry Laureaat VEE-prijs 2017

Dr. Boudewijn Catry, Diensthoofd Zorginfecties en Antimicrobiële resistentie bij het Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor Volksgezondheid (WIV), heeft de VEE-prijs 2017 ontvangen. Aan de prijs is een getuigschrift en een bedrag van 1000 Euro verbonden. De VEE-prijs wordt driejaarlijks toegekend aan een wetenschapper ter bekroning van een wezenlijk bijdrage tot de epidemiologie of economie in de dierengezondheidszorg en de voedselveiligheid op het gebied van dierlijke productie. Dit jaar is de prijs, die voor de zevende maal werd uitgereikt, naar Boudewijn Catry gegaan. Deze “VEE-prijs in memoriam dr. Walter Hendrickx” werd op 2 oktober uitgereikt in Luik tijdens een gezamenlijke studiedag van de Vlaamse, Waalse en Nederlandse Verenigingen voor Veterinaire Epidemiologie en Economie. De VEE (www.fsvee.be) heeft tot doel het onderzoek in de Veterinaire Epidemiologie en Economie te bevorderen door de organisatie van studiedagen, vorming en uitreiken van een wetenschappelijke prijs. De prijs werd toegewezen aan Dr. Boudewijn Catry voor zijn bijdrage aan de antimicrobiële resistentie problematiek. In de afgelopen 15 jaar heeft Boudewijn Catry diergeneeskundige en humane medische inzichten gecombineerd om zo nieuwe adviezen te formuleren ter bestrijding van antibioticumresistentie. Zijn werk heeft bijgedragen tot een betere patiëntenzorg door het omzetten van laboratoriumresultaten in concrete maatregelen ter preventie van infecties en door het formuleren van aanbevelingen voor een correcter voorschrijfgedrag van antibiotica. In de periode 2015-2016 werden 12 van 14 uitbraken met moeilijk behandelbare bacteriën tijdig onder controle gebracht door een goede samenwerking tussen zijn dienst, de bevoegde overheden, en het betrokken ziekenhuispersoneel.

Voor het volledige persbericht, zie HIER.

Joint meeting VEE-VEEC-AESA

Theme: Cultural and societal influences on treatment options in animal health

Date: 2 October 2017
Venue: Academic Hall of the University of Liège

Medicines are essential to safeguard the health of animals and humans. On the other hand, overreliance on medicines can lead to important side-effects such as direct health impacts for the animal or humans, undesired residues in the environment or food products or the development of resistance to antimicrobial and anthelmintic drugs. Responsible use of medicines requires a holistic approach of minimising disease and optimizing animal productivity through a range of tools including biosecurity, appropriate housing conditions and nutrition, breeding for resilience and use of diagnostics. Different approaches, driven by social and cultural differences, are used to enhance the responsible use of medicines. The final goal is to change human behaviour in how medicines are used, but is human behaviour most effectively changed by rules or by working on internal motivators? Rules of which the relevance is not understood may be ignored, whereas internal motivators may not be strong enough to change the behaviour of a whole sector. This highlights the need to use social epidemiology and socio-psychological models to incorporate the influences of intrinsic motivations on people’s decision-making processes, whilst still considering the external circumstances. During this study day, we want to enhance the collaboration among the different stakeholders of animal health, assisted by social scientists and communication specialists to provide a context that facilitates a sustainable use of medicines by pet-owners, veterinarians and farmers. Three renowned speakers in the field will share their experiences to achieve responsible and sustainable use of medicines in different areas across Europe.

  • Dick Heederik (SDA The Netherlands) and Jeroen Dewulf (UGent) - Antimicrobial use and resistance policy in Belgium and the Netherlands: different approaches to achieve the same goals.
  • Edwin Claerebout (UGent) – Understanding farmers' behaviour to manage anthelmintic resistance.
For the full programme, how to get there and registration, see HERE.

VEE-prijs 2017

Dit jaar lanceert de VEE een nieuwe oproep voor het indienen van kandidaturen voor de VEE-prijs in memoriam Dr. Walter Hendrickx. Kandidaturen dienen ingediend te worden bij Dit e-mail adres wordt beschermd tegen from spam bots, u hebt Javascript nodig om het te bekijken of Dit e-mail adres wordt beschermd tegen from spam bots, u hebt Javascript nodig om het te bekijken voor 28 juli 2017. Er dienen minstens 3 geldige kandidaturen ontvangen te worden voor het uitreiken van de prijs. De winnaar wordt bekendgemaakt tijdens de jaarlijkse studiedag die dit jaar plaatsvindt in Luik op 2 oktober 2017 en ontvangt een geldprijs t.w.v. € 1000.
Het volledige reglement is terug te vinden op onze website onder "Awards".

VEE workshop

Theme: Effective scientific communication: speak with impact!

Date: 24 May 2017
Venue: Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke leslokaal 0.3 (Vakgroep Verloskunde)

As veterinary epidemiologists and/or economists, every day you work hard to improve your methodologies, assess (disease) risk and write scientific sound reports and publications. But how do you make sure your work doesn’t get diluted in the wealth of publications that are out there? How will you jump out?

You realize that effective communication of your work is essential to have an impact and improve animal health. The correct argument delivered in the correct way will be heard by the group. A strong pitch at a conference can magnify and accelerate the impact of your work. But how do you put this to practice?

During this one-day workshop “Speak with Impact” you will learn what it takes to make the difference!

Our speaker and trainer is Ronald De Keersmaeker, owner at Dixit International. Ronald performed a remarkable trajectory. Being a chemical engineer from education, in the meantime he became … a professional speaker with specialisation in body language, master sales in business and he developed a SYSTEM to speak in any circumstance with IMPACT. Ronald is board member of PSA Belgium (Professional Speakers Association).

After the successful workshops held in 2014 and 2016 that focused on the economic impact of animal health and the human behavior in animal health decision making, the time has come to focus on our own behavior, presenting and speaking capabilities to increase the impact of epidemiologic and economic studies in animal health.


08h30 : Registration and coffee

09h00 : Start of the workshop

12h30-13h30 : Lunch

13h30-15h30 : Second part of the workshop

16h00 : General Board meeting (for effective members only)

For the full programme and how to register, see HERE.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Studiedag VEE

Theme: Pathogen-host-environment interactions

Date: 28 October 2016
Venue: KU Leuven (Technologiecampus Geel)

Disease emergence and spread are the result of a number of factors linked to the infectious agent, the host, possible vectors and the environment. The virulence of the pathogen and immunological status and genetics of the host(s) are critical in determining whether the infection develops, remains, spreads or disappears and whether the animal circumvents the disease, becomes sick or a carrier, or recovers. Establishing the biological interplay between pathogen, vectors and host(s), and reservoir species, is therefore key to understanding the dynamics of infections/diseases and developing control and prevention strategies. In addition, infectious agents evolve and are able to circumvent the host immunological reaction or treatments and profit from environmental niches. We have 3 renowned invited speakers that will attend the meeting, each covering the host-pathogen-environment triangle in a different setting: endemic production disease, zoonotic disease and vector-borne diseases:

  • Eric Morgan (University of Bristol) - Predicting effects of climate change on parasite epidemiology in grazing systems: the need for integration.
  • Vanessa Matthijs (WIV) – Mycobacteria: interactions between human, animals and environment.
  • Guy Hendrickx (Avia-GIS) – The impact of global changes sensu latu on vector-borne diseases.
For the full programme, how to get there and registration, see HERE. The best poster will be awarded with the Avia-GIS poster prize (€100).

VEE workshop

Theme: The socio-economics of animal health: principles and practices

2nd Edition

Date: 22 April 2016
Venue: FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu, Eurostation, Victor Hortaplein 40, 1060 Brussel, Room D09-D010

What is the cost of an animal disease? What are the most cost-effective intervention strategies? What is the value of monitoring animal health? Why do animal health problems cause a loss in profitability? Does a gain in production always lead to a gain in profitability? Veterinarians, epidemiologists and animal production professionals are increasingly challenged to consider the economic aspects of their work. Indeed, decisions about animal health and production are subject to resource scarcity and budget constraints. Hence, economic evaluation frameworks are needed to provide guidelines for optimal decision making.

Often vets and other people who are active in the animal health profession experience trouble in getting their message through to the people who actually manage the animals, i.e., the farmers. It is often heard that “If only farmers would follow our advice, many health problems could be substantially improved”. This has to do with 2 things: understanding behaviour and creating incentives to change the behaviour. Practitioners and researchers are in need of more understanding of what drives behaviour of farmers and how they could intervene, including the role of strategic and effective communication.

After a successful edition in 2014, the FSVEE organizes in collaboration with CODA-CERVA, ILVO and Avia-GIS a repetition of the workshop on principles and practices of socio-economics of animal health. During this educational workshop, the focus will be on socio-economic principles and practices at the farm level. A short introductory session will deal with some theoretical and conceptual principles behind economics and what this means for the economics of animal. A second session presents practical examples on real-life cases. The third session will allow you to work on some realistic case-studies yourself, in an interactive setting. A final session will be dedicated to understanding and influencing behaviour, including the role of communication. A closing reception allows participants to mingle with fellow professionals.

With lectures from

  • Dr. Johannes Charlier (Avia-GIS)
  • Dr. Jef Van Meensel (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research – Social Sciences Unit)
  • Prof. Erwin Wauters (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research – Social Sciences Unit, University of Antwerp – Department of Veterinary Sciences)


08h45 : Registration and coffee

09h30 : Start of the workshop

12h30-13h30 : Lunch

16h00 : End of the workshop

Participation fees and access to the electronic registration form can be found HERE.
For any further information you can contact Erwin Wauters at Dit e-mail adres wordt beschermd tegen from spam bots, u hebt Javascript nodig om het te bekijken
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Studiedag VEE

Theme: Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM): Epidemiologie in dienst van de Praktijk

Date: 30 October 2015
Venue: HOGent (Campus Melle, Faculteit Natuur en Techniek)

Parkeren kan op de Brusselsesteenweg. Parkeren is ook toegestaan op het veld, vlak voor de op/en afrit naar de R4-E40 aan de overkant van de tuinbouwschool Melle.

Wanneer dierenartsen als professionals een klinische beslissing nemen in verband met productie, bedrijfsbegeleiding en diergeneeskunde, worden ze verondersteld rekening te houden met een steeds groeiende pool van wetenschappelijke gegevens, de waarden en voorkeuren van de eigenaars, en hun eigen klinische ervaring. Het moderne concept van Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) heeft medische patiëntenzorg en gezondheidsbeleid gerevolutioneerd. Diergeneeskunde gebaseerd op rigoreus wetenschappelijk onderzoek (EBVM), kan daarom de sleutel zijn tot hogere success rates en hogere zorgstandaarden in klinieken en praktijken.

EBVM maakt hierbij gebruik van verschillende tools: populatie-, praktijk- en sentinel-onderzoek; klinische audits, SOPs en bedrijfsbegeleiding; systematische literatuur reviews en rapporteringsstandaarden voor onderzoeksresultaten; opleiding en uitwisseling van informatie met gebruik van allerhande media en platforms.

Dit thema willen we in de kijker stellen en samen met jullie exploreren vanuit drie verschillende sectoren (rundvee, pluimvee en gezelschapsdieren) die elk toegelicht worden door erkende experts met internationale uitstraling, die dit dagelijks in de praktijk brengen.

Meer dan ooit leggen we dit jaar de link tussen de onderzoekers en de practici! Praktijkdierenartsen en clinici van de tweede en derde lijn worden dan ook warm aangemoedigd om aan deze dag deel te nemen en hun ervaringen en onderzoeksresultaten te komen delen.


Het deelname formulier kan u hier vinden, evenals verdere informatie over oa. het programma en het indienen van abstracts.

Deelnemers worden ook warm uitgenodigd om een poster te voorzien met recente onderzoeksresultaten, die evt. reeds gepresenteerd werd op een (inter)nationale wetenschappelijke bijeenkomst gedurende het voorbije jaar. De beste poster wordt gehonoreerd met de poster prijs ter waarde van 100 Euro. Deelnemers die een poster willen voorstellen en ruimte wensen te reserveren, worden gevraagd dit te melden bij de inschrijving. Het formaat van de poster dient 90x120cm te zijn (A0 formaat).


09h15-09h15 : Onthaal met koffie en koffiekoeken

09h15-09h30 : Welkomstwoord door het gastheer-instituut en voorzitter VEE

09h30-09h40 : Inleiding van de keynote speakers

09h40-10h20 : Dr. Bonny Van Ranst & Dr. Miel Hostens (UGhent) – “Use of data to support veterinary herd health in dairy cows”

10h20-11h00 : Dr. Hilde van Meirhaeghe (VetWorks) - Using technical performance and health statistics to tackle future challenges in poultry production.

11h00-11h30 : Koffiepauze

11h30-12h10 : Dr. David Brodbelt (RVC-Londen)– “Epidemiology in practice: can we learn from companion animal veterinarians?"

12h10-12h45 : Debat met de keynote speakers adhv vragen vanuit het publiek

12h45-14h00 : Lunch met postervoorstelling


14h00-14h10 : Inleiding van de namiddagvoordrachten

14h10-14h30 : Dr. H. Nijs ‘’Veterinary Syndromic Surveillance in Belgium: Indicators of importance and evaluation of aberration detection algorithms using historical mortality data with regard to the 2006- 2007 BTV epidemics’

14h30-14h50 : Dr. S. Sarrazin: ‘A descriptive study to assess the perception of cattle farmers towards the implementation of biosecurity’

14h50-15h10 : Dr. S. Welby: ‘Surveillance of bovine tuberculosis: What benchmark to expect at slaughterhouse and during purchase testing?’

15h10-15h50 : Koffiepauze

15h50-16h10 : Prof. Dr. J. Dewulf ‘Antimicrobial use and biosecurity practices in pig production in four European countries, comparison, associations and opportunities’

16h10-16h30 : Dr. C Rojogimeno ‘Farm-economic analysis of reducing antimicrobial use whilst adopting good management strategies on farrow-to-finish pig farms’

16h30-16h50 : Dr. F. Vangroenweghe: ‘Seasonal variation in prevalence of different respiratory pathogens during post-weaning and fattening period in Belgian and Dutch pig herds using a trachea-bronchial swab technique’

16h50-17h00 : Posterprijs Avia-GIS en afscheidswoord voorzitter VEE

17h00-18h00 : Receptie aangeboden door gastheer instituut

AGV VEE 2015

Uitnodiging voor de algemene vergadering 2015

Venue: “Het Pand”, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent

Het VEE bestuur wenst alle VEE leden uit te nodigen voor de jaarlijkse AGV.
Deze zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 27 maart van 14u tot 16u, aansluitend op de SVEPM conferentie in Gent.
Iedereen wordt aangemoedigd in de voormiddag aan het SVEPM deel te nemen. Meer info daarover op: http://svepm2015.be

Punten op de agenda zijn:

  • Goedkeuren verslag algemene vergadering 2014
  • Ledenwerking en statuten
  • Overzicht werkjaar 2014
  • Financiën 2014 & 2015
  • Activiteiten 2015
    • Studiedag 30 oktober 2015: Epidemiologie in dienst van de Praktijk [Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM)]
    • Workshop 8 mei 2015: Economics of animal health: principles and practices: 2nd Edition
  • Varia

Dag van de emidemiologie VEE-AESA

Theme: Nieuwe epidemiologische uitdagingen: Hoe kunnen we ons aanpassen?

Date: 24 October 2014
Venue: PACHECO center - Financiëntoren, Pachecolaan 13, 1000 Brussel

Zijn de nieuwe epidemiologische uitdagingen van die aard dat we genoodzaakt zijn onze visie op hoe de epidemiologie toegepast wordt in de praktijk grondig aan te passen? Dit willen we samen met jullie bespreken op verschillende vlakken die elk toegelicht worden door erkende experts met internationale uitstraling:

  • Welke invloed hebben die uitdagingen op kostenefficiëntie?
  • Wat zijn de grote uitdagingen in verband met bioveiligheid?
  • Welke nieuwe interventiemethoden moeten hiervoor aangewend worden?
Het deelname formulier kan u hier vinden, evenals verdere informatie over oa. het programma en het indienen van abstracts.


08h30-09h30 : Onthaal met koffie en koffiekoeken

09h30-09h40 : Inleiding over het thema

09h40-10h20 : Erwin Wauters (ILVO) – Social Psychology in Veterinary Epidemiology: A new discipline for an old problem ?

10h20-11h00 : Claude Saegerman (UL) – Biosecurity in livestock ruminants, a pilar of the strategy of diseases prevention.

11h00-11h30 : Koffie pauze

11h30-12h10 : Kris De Clercq (CODA/CERVA) – New developments in vaccines and vaccination programs to mitigate the emergence of foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue.

12h10-12h45 : Debat met moderator en vragen vanuit het publiek

12h45-14h00 : Lunch met postervoorstelling


14h00-14h10 : Inleiding van de namiddagvoordrachten

14h10-14h30 : Cristina Rojo-Gimeno (ILVO) - Farm economic analysis of improving biosecurity status and good management practices
in farrow-to-finish pig farms

14h30-14h50 : Sophie Roelandt (CODA) - Pandora: a quick and practical first-line risk screening tool for parasitic and pathogenic micro-organisms

14h50-15h10 : Sarah Welby (CODA) - Effectiveness and cost efficiency of passive, syndromic and active surveillance components for early detection of an emerging vector borne disease in cattle: Bluetongue as case study for Belgium, France and the Netherlands

15h10-15h30 : Jean-Baptiste Hanon (CODA) - A trend analysis of antimicrobial resistance in indicator commensal bacteria from livestock in belgium (2011-2013)

15h30-15h50 : Vanantwerpen Gerty (RUG) - Prediction of the infection status of pigs and pig batches at slaughter with human pahtogenic yersinia spp. based on serological data

15h50-16h50 : Debat

16h50-17h00 : Posterprijs

17h00-18h00 : Receptie

7th summer course on veterinary epidemiology

Date: 15 - 26 September 2014
Venue: Ghent University - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

The aim of this summer course is to make all participants familiar with the key aspects of veterinary epidemiology in a practical and applied manner. Upon completion of this course all participants should be familiar with all basic concepts of veterinary epidemiology, be capable of critically reading and understanding scientific literature and performing basic statistical and epidemiological analyses. Moreover the participants should be ready to design surveillance, analytical or clinical studies and to critically analyze the results. Furthermore the participants will be introduced to several aspects of more advanced epidemiological tools.
The course will be organized as a two week summer course (15 September – 26 September 2014) consisting of 10 course days. Every day will be filled with a mixture of theoretical training and practical applications. At the end of the course there will be the possibility to participate in a “take-home” exam.

The course will be thought by not less than 8 different experienced lecturers:

  • AC. Berge (Visiting Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology, Department of Reproduction, obstetrics and herd health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University and private consultant in Veterinary Epidemiology.)
  • S. De Vliegher (Associate Professor in Veterinary Legislation and practice management, Department of Reproduction, obstetrics and herd health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
  • J. Dewulf (Associate Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology, Department of Reproduction, obstetrics and herd health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
  • K. Stärk (Senior Consultant at SAFOSO, Professor Veterinary Public Health, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, United Kingdom)
  • D. Maes (Professor in Porcine Herd Health Management, Department of Reproduction, obstetrics and herd health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
  • D. Persoons (Animal health coordinator Pharma.be, academic consultant in Veterinary Epidemiology, Department of Reproduction, obstetrics and herd health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
  • K. Bollaerts (Senior Biostatistician, specialist in quantitative risk analysis, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Brussels)
  • S. Piepers (Senior researcher in udder health and milk quality, Department of Reproduction, obstetrics and herd health. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
Detailed information on this summer course and its content can be found here.

13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology & Economics

Building Bridges, Crossing Borders.

In augustus 2012 werd het 13° congres van de “International Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics” (ISVEE 13) georganiseerd in Maastricht (Nederland). Dit wereld epidemiologie congres dat slechts om de drie jaar wordt georganiseerd en slechts om de 15 jaar naar Europa komt werd gezamenlijk georganiseerd door de VEEC (Nederland) en de VEE (Vlaanderen). Het congres duurde 5 dagen en mocht rekenen op 800 deelnemers uit meer dan 60 verschillende landen. Er werden meer dan 300 mondelinge presentaties verzorgd en meer dan 500 posters gepresenteerd. Het congres werd zowel voor wat betreft het inhoudelijke als voor wat betreft het organisatorische aspect zeer goed geëvalueerd door de deelnemers. Daarnaast werden er ook voor en na het congres 10 verschillende cursussen georganiseerd (pre en post conference courses) die varieerden van twee dagen tot 5 dagen. Deze cursussen werden in Gent gehouden en door meer dan 200 verschillende deelnemers gevolgd. Ook deze werden zeer goed geëvalueerd.

De VEE kan terecht trots zijn op de bijdrage die het heeft kunnen leveren aan de succesvolle organisatie van het grootse congres ter wereld over veterinaire epidemiologie.

De website http://www.isvee13.org/ kan nog steeds door u worden bezocht.

VEE vzw
Salisburylaan 133
9820 Merelbeke

Ondernemingsnr: 0451 218 264
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