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Gordon Adam

from Cape Town , South Africa

Gordon Adam enrolled in a Economic Principles and Concepts for the Veterinary Sciences course in 2013

I would recommend this course to anyone who is actively involved in animal production systems and to people who are involved with decisions about animal health at a governmental level.

Introduction

My name is Gordon Adam, and I am 29 years old. I practice as a Veterinarian in Cape Town, South Africa. My field of interest is Dairy Herd Health and approximately 85% of my work is dairy orientated. I qualified with my Bachelors in Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, at the end of 2009. I worked as a clinical State Veterinarian in a rural area of the Eastern Cape for 18 months and have been working for the last 2 years in my current position. I started my Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2013 and have an active interest in Animal Health Economics.

Distance learning

Distance learning is really the only alternative for me as I cannot leave my work at this time in my life, but I feel it is the time of my life when I actually need to be furthering my studies to add more value to myself. My Masters that I am enrolled in is also largely distanced based. The obvious convenience of distance learning is a huge advantage to me. I can work as a veterinarian and whenever I have free time available, I can work on my studies. I would thus recommend distance learning to anyone who is eager to study further but cannot take the time to study full time. Another attractive factor about distance learning is that if a certain course or field is not available in one's own country, you are more likely to find what you are looking for internationally. Without distance learning this would not be possible. This said distance learning takes more self-motivation and diligence than conventional learning and one must ensure that you manage your time well.

I would thus recommend distance learning to anyone who is eager to study further but cannot take the time to study full time.

Economic Principles and Concepts for the Veterinary Sciences

This course was suggested to me by my Masters supervisor. I wanted to combine studies on animal health economics with epidemiology but this was not available to me in South Africa. The Economic principles and concepts for the veterinary sciences was a well-structured course that defined and explained the core concepts of economics and how they fit into animal health and animal production systems. What I really enjoyed was the process of reading, watching and digesting the supplied information, interacting with a diverse group of people and then applying what I had learnt to my local context such that I could really understand the concepts covered in the chapters. I would recommend this course to anyone who is actively involved in animal production systems and to people who are involved with decisions about animal health at a governmental level.

What I really enjoyed was the process of reading, watching and digesting the supplied information.

Benefits

The fundamental concepts covered in this course have provided me with a good basis to make more sound decisions about optimizing animal health. From an analytic point of view combining economics with epidemiology has provided me with a new more progressive way of thinking about herd health and data analysis. The knowledge I have gained in this course has also successfully prepared me for the follow up course on Applied Economic Modelling.

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