Program cooperated by Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) China, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and United State Agency for International Development (USAID).
The China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (China FETPV) seeks to improve animal and public health using scientific and risk based approaches to the control of transboundary animal diseases and emerging infectious diseases.
The program aims to be a self-sustaining in-service training model that will inform evidence-based decision-making that will benefit the economy, the community and agricultural producers, including smallholders. It will do this by improving the knowledge, expertise and experience of veterinary field epidemiologists in government services.
FETPV initiative in China
China faces complex geographic and demographic challenges in controlling animal diseases. For this reason capacity building must be based on a proven training model, provide minimum standards and also be flexible and adaptable. China needs a comprehensive Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV) to bridge the gaps in veterinary epidemiology training in the country. Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of China has indicated an interest in building capacity for veterinary field epidemiology through FETPV and invested resources on epidemiology training and epidemiology studies in order to improve capacity to deal with important animal diseases.
With the financial support from the United State Agency for International Development (USAID), drawing on approaches and practices developed by the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in public health and the Regional Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV), and following two years of preparatory work and needs assessment, MoA partnered with FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) China, and successfully launched the China FETPV in November 2010.