More and more Residents are completing their training period and are almost ready to sit the exam

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Education Committee

The current members of the Education Committee are Joaquim Segalés, Jens Peter Nielsen, Tore Framstad, Martine Laitat and Paolo Martelli (resigning Chair). Dominiek Maes, Past-President of the ECPHM, has left his position in the Committee to be replaced by election during the next AGM.

The end of the year is approaching and it is time to summarize what has been done in the last twelve mon- ths and to outline the guide- lines for the near future. 2013 has been very fruitful for the education activities of our College. Forty-two Residents are currently attending our 14 Residency Institutions, 4 new young veterinarians joined the ECPHM training programs in 2013 and 2 residents pas- sed the examination in Oc- tober. More and more Resi- dents are completing their training period and are almost ready to sit the exam.

The 2nd Resident Workshop was held in Edinburgh at the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) the 22 &23 of May thanks to the kind hospitality of Prof. Jill Thomson. Twenty residents attended the lectures offered by Jill Thomson, Dominiek Maes and Joaquim Segalés and actively participated presenting and discussing their own clinical case reports.

As previously announced, the most anticipated event of the year, the first edition of the ECPHM Summer School, was held in Cloppenburg (Germany) from the 1st to the 6th of September. This mee- ting was organized with the support of the staff of the Field Station for Epidemiology – University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation – Hannover based in Bakum and led by Prof. Thomas Blaha. In par- ticular, Prof. Elisabeth grosse Beilage provided all the local support for the excellent outcome of this first edition. Statistics and epidemiology, pharmacology, nutrition and case reporting either by theo- retical lessons and practical activities occupied the working days of the attendants. At the end of the day, after a very demanding time spent in classroom or in practice, nice social events gathering the participants from different EU Countries were organized. The Summer School has satisfied its double aim: an opportunity to improve the skill of the attendants providing them with updated knowledge in the field of interest and also creating a network within a new generati- on of European Veterinary Specialists in Porcine Health Management.

For the upcoming year, one educational event will be organized. In fact, the Board of the College has unanimously decided to have the workshop organized on an annual basis and the Summer School every two years. So, the third edition of the annual ECPHM RESIDENT WORKSHOP will be held in Sorrento (Italy) the 5th to 7th of May, before the 6th ESPHM. The core of the workshop program will be based on the discussions of clinical case reports from the residents as well as lectures from invited speakers.

Special thanks from the Education Committee and the Board of the ECPHM are due to the invited speakers, to Elisabeth gros- se Beilage, our excellent host in Bakum in the occasion of the Summer School and to all the Residents attending the 2013 events whose participation has significantly contributed to the success and the fruitfulness of the activities.

Last but not least this is a good opportunity to thank Boehringer Ingelheim, Merial, MSD and Zoetis, who gave their financial support to the organization of the Workshop and the Summer School in 2013.

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