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Next Aviagen EMEA School Modules announced

27 May 2013

GLOBAL - Aviagen has announced the next Modules in the extremely popular Europe, Middle East and Africa Production School (EMEA). Following feed-back from students attending the first three Modules, the next series will take a slightly different approach with more workshops and hands-on sections in addition to lectures.

The Breeder Module will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, between 31 August and 7 September, 2013, followed by the Broiler Module in Budapest, Hungary, 15 – 22 February, 2014 and the Hatchery Management and Incubation Module in Amsterdam between 15 and 21 March 2014.

Nick Spenceley, School Director, explained: “The EMEA School has been a great success. We have welcomed people from many countries and it is rewarding to enter a room of 30 quiet and insular people from 20 different countries in the morning; yet by the end of the day see them laughing, sharing information and generally enjoying each other’s company.

“However, we do recognise that while we are dealing with highly skilled people, for many, English isn’t their first language and we wanted to make sure that this didn’t become a barrier to learning. With that in mind, and taking account of the feedback from the previous Modules, we have increased the number of workshops and are taking a fresh approach at our most popular topics, such as data management, which has received great reviews from attendees.”

The Breeder Module in September will include a variety of topics:

  • Data handling and analysis
  • Ventilation
  • Veterinary health
  • Nutrition
  • Critical age management
  • Financial benchmarking

The brand new format will see students splitting into teams to run a hypothetical company and make decisions that affect the growth and success of the business.

Mr Spenceley added: “At some point in our careers, we will all be asked to investigate investment opportunities and present a justified cost/benefit analysis to our senior colleagues.

“The course will culminate by bringing the week’s tutorial and case study work together, with each team presenting a reasoned business case with any required capital investment justified for improving the output of least-cost fertile hatching eggs.”

A full interview with Nick Spenceley can be found here. Applications for the Breeder Module close at the end of May and the application schedule for the 2014 Modules will be announced in due course. More details can be found here or through your local Aviagen contact.

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