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Anne Cathrine Whist

from Oslo , Norway

Anne Cathrine Whist enrolled in a Economic Principles and Concepts for the Veterinary Sciences course in 2013

I would very much recommend this course to other veterinarians or other interested in animal health economics!

Introduction

My name is Anne Cathrine Whist, age 40, I am a veterinarian with a PhD in mastitis research. I am currently employed by the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science as a Post Doctor to do implement risk-based surveillance on infectious diseases in Norway.

Distance learning

I really enjoyed distance learning. It gave me the time, the flexibility and the economics to participate in the course. This was my first experience with distance learning, and I was a little anxious that it would be a solo race without any opportunity to do any socializing at all (which is an important part when participating in courses=networking) but since so many of the participant were online all the time, you got instant feedback on your comments and it was as you were in the same "room". I am going to conduct a cost-benefit analysis in my Post Doc, so this course was an introduction to economics for me, which I hopefully can extend further.

It gave me the time, the flexibility and the economics to participate in the course.

Economic Principles and the concepts for the Veterinary Sciences

I chose this course since I have no background in economics and since I am working with animal health. I enjoyed the web lectures especially since they were very informative and well performed. I really enjoyed the multiple choice questions included and I wish there were more questions related to the lectures. I enjoyed the text book (easy to understand and read), and the assignments. I think it is important to make incentives for other participant to make comments. It created a very lively and goose companionship among us students. I would very much recommend this course to other veterinarians or other interested in animal health economics, and for PhD students interested in animal health, it should be a must!

I would very much recommend this course to other veterinarians or other interested in animal health economics!

Benefits

My benefits was to get an introduction to economics explained in terms which is understandable for a veterinarian (all examples were related to my occupation in one way or another). This introduction course will help me to continue to study economics, and especially animal health economics in my current job and hopefully in my future jobs.

This course will help me to continue to study economics.
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