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Teaming up for animal health

GD has launched its GD Academy to provide state of the art farm animal health teaching. Nationwide disease control programmes, up-to-date diagnostic services, epidemiology and applied animal research are the core activities of GD, which provide a unique environment for GD Academy. It offers national and international outstanding educational activities addressing past and current topics in animal science and practice. Courses can be fully custom-made in order to meet our client’s needs. They may be given at GD, at another location in the Netherlands or abroad.

GD Academy course agenda 2018
8-12 October Pig Health Training (application is open)
14-16 November, 19-21 November Technical Laboratory Training: Serology and PCR
(application is open)
26-30 November Poultry Health, Climate and Feed Training 
(application is open)
November Dairy training (more information will follow)

Why join our training courses?

 Key opinion leaders in the field of animal health and diagnostics
 Unique combination of animal health expertise, R&D and diagnostics
 We own one of the largest state of the art veterinary laboratories worldwide
 Good combination of theoretical and hands-on training
 GD Animal Health is an independent organization
 Almost 100 years of experience

Enhance your knowledge with GD Academy

GD Academy provides courses related to animal diseases for farm staff and their veterinarians, the veterinary pharmaceutical  industry, the animal feed industry and the government. As GD operates one of the largest veterinary laboratories in the world, this enables its Academy to offer theoretical and practical courses on the implementation of veterinary diagnostic lab-test methods as well. 

Sjaak de Wit, DVM, PhD, dipl. ECPSV, Senior Scientist R&D and GD Academy teacher:
“Involving both our own experts and external speakers, we can cover multiple disciplines on a high level. The available knowledge is extensive and we like to share this with our participants, in order to contribute to healthy and sustainable farming worldwide.”  

Courses can be fully custom-made or can be offered as open courses. To provide insight in the possibilities, you can find some examples of (previous) courses below.

Training programmes

Last year, an intensive four-week training was organized for four pig specialists from China. This course was fully custom-made and covered both theory at GD and practical work at pig farms. Participation in this course enabled the four pig specialists to apply their new knowledge in China immediately. Also, we organise tailor-made programs for pharmaceutical companies and veterinary laboraties.

In February 2017, our Poultry training was organized for the second time. This five-day open training was organised for poultry veterinarians at the beginning of their career, and poultry farm managers from all over the world. The training includes lectures, practical trainings, demonstrations and farm visits. In March 2018, you can participate in this training as well! 

Also, GD's ruminant experts are involved in several training programmes on udder health, milk quality, hoof health, infectious diseases and feed. 

Interested in a professional training? Please fill out our contact form and we will answer your request as soon as possible.


If you're looking for a scholarship, you might want to try this website of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP). 

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"I can apply everything I've learned at the GD Academy when I get back to China"

Dr. Kai Chen, Former on-farm technical manager at Alltech China Read more

Examples of course topics

  • Animal Health
  • Antibiotic Use
  • Gut Health
  • Pathology
  • Biosecurity
  • Hygiene
  • Farm Management
  • Farm Visits
  • Laboratory Techniques

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