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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More than 50 Senior Veterinary Officials attended the China FETPV Veterinary Epidemiology for Executives Workshop


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A two-day Veterinary Epidemiology for Executives Workshop was held in Beijing from 9 to 10 March 2013. In total, 53 senior officials from national and provincial Animal Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDCs) participated in the workshop. This workshop was organized as part of the China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV), with support from China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre (CAHEC) and EU-China Trade Project (II).

The workshop was facilitated by Prof John Edwards from FAO ECTAD China, Dr Dirk Pfeiffer from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and Dr David Castellan from FAO RAP. It aimed to enhance senior government officials’ understanding of the basics of veterinary epidemiology and its role in disease control. This will strengthen their ability to develop effective animal and public health programs and provide technical support for the implementation of the National Medium and Long-Term Plan for Prevention and Control of Animal Epidemics (2012-2020).

Dr Huang Weizhong, Deputy Director General of the Veterinary Bureau of the MoA, Dr Jérôme Lepeintre, First Counsellor for Health and Consumer Affairs of the EU Delegation, representatives US CDC, RVC, China CDC, EU-China Trade Project (II), CAHEC, FAO RAP, and FAO ECTAD China attended the workshop. Participants had active discussion about the role of epidemiology in effectively controlling emerging infectious diseases and zoonotic diseases and about the use of one health approaches, and how to intensify the cooperation between the animal health and public health sectors. Participants indicated a high level of satisfaction and demonstrated commitment to support ongoing epidemiological activity in their provinces and workplaces.

The second cohort of China FETPV was launched in Beijing on 9 March. A total of 20 trainees from 12 provincial Animal CDCs, three municipality Animal CDCs, one university and CAHEC, were selected for the two-year training program. The formal training commenced on 11 March in Qingdao.