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, emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases. The program provides training that will benefit the economy, the community and agricultural producers, including smallholders, by improving the knowledge, expertise and experience of veterinary field epidemiologists.
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Program cooperated by Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) China, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and United State Agency for International Development (USAID).



Vision

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.



Mission

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.



Objectives

  • Apply interdisciplinary (One Health) approaches in field epidemiology training
  • Create a sustainable program for training skilled veterinary field epidemiologists for the future
  • Standardize the knowledge and methodology on applied veterinary epidemiology for China
  • Strengthen partnerships among national, provincial and international institutions and foster greater synergy and collaboration
  • Nurture trainers and mentors within a national network for training veterinary epidemiologists in China



Trainee contributions:

  • Become trainers and mentors for future programs
  • Provide technical support by providing recommendations to inform decision makers related to government policy and practices
  • Design and conduct outbreak investigation and surveillance
  • Participate in international exchanges




Emphasis on

  • Maximize the FETPV impacts in China to seek long-term sustainability
  • Address national priority animal diseases including zoonotic diseases
  • Use One Health approaches where possible
  • Train Chinese epidemiology teachers for the future
  • Maximize engagement of the public health and wildlife sectors at local level



Program Framework



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.