International training in the Netherlands

Pig Health Training

*this training will be organized again from 8-12 October 2018*

Do you want to broaden and deepen your knowledge of pig diseases and pig production? Are you facing trouble while interpreting test results? Are you looking for more information to make a successful diagnosis? Do you want to learn about biosecurity, diseases, post mortem, reproduction, climate, farm management, and more? From 25 to 29 September 2017, GD Academy organizes a five-day basic-level training on pig health for veterinarians and other interested parties. At the end of the week you will be updated on the foremost porcine health issues. 


25-29 September 2017, Deventer, the Netherlands


All presentations will be given by pig health specialists, pathologists and specialised laboratory veterinarians working at the pig health department of GD Animal Health. We will focus on making evidence based diagnoses of pig health problems, using practical examples and case histories.
The training will be conducted in English.

Farm visits

Post mortem examination and histopathology cover an important part of the training, but also farm visits are highlights of this week. We organize farm visits with the following companies:
MS Schippers:
This company for daily animal supplies develops products and services which allow the farmer to improve farming. They will tell you all about their HyCare concept: At the trial operation, de Zwartakkers, we kept sows and piglets. It is a unique operation because the groups of piglets had no contact with each other and the pig farmer does not enter the stall. At the trial operation, de Raamloop, we compare the effects of improved hygiene with a conventional fattener stall. 
World Premix:
We rel="noopener noreferrer" will also visit World Premix and their farm: a supplier of premixes and concentrates for livestock companies, feed mills and distributors. 

—> View our day-by-day training program


Subjects that will be covered are:

  • intestinal problems, both infectious and non-infectious
    • Overview of intestinal problems with focus on proper diagnostic procedures; case histories
  • respiratory diseases 
    • Overview of respiratory diseases with focus on proper diagnostic procedures; case histories
  • indoor climate control 
    • Importance of good indoor climate in relation to health issues like respiratory diseases, but also reproductive problems;
    • Modern techniques to measure indoor climate
  • biosecurity 
    • Importance of external and internal biosecurity in relation to health issues, e.g. PRRS, streptococcus infections
    • Useful, practical hygiene measurements.
  • reproductive problems
    • Focus on causes / risk factors of abortions and farrowing problems (management, feed); diagnostic procedures; case histories
  • locomotion 
    • Infectious and non-infectious causes of lameness; metabolic diseases, osteochondrosis, arthritis; focus on diagnostic procedures; case histories
  • emerging diseases
    • E.g. PRRS, PCV-AD
Health problems will also be debated based on case histories and in relation to prudent use of antibiotics.  

Target audience

Veterinarians and other health consultants in the pig industry.


€ 2.495,- including: hotel, breakfast, coffee/tea, lunch, transport to GD and the hotel, and course materials.

Please find additional conditions regarding hotel, transport and billing here

Any questions about this training?
Please feel free to contact us for more information! / T. 0031 570 66 03 44 




T. 0031 570 660344
Read this interview about our Pig Health training, held in February 2017. This article was published in our Update magazine.