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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China FETPV 2nd Cohort Module 1: Fundamental Epidemiology Training held in Qingdao

2012/05/19

Trainees' interaction during class

A 6-week training course was delivered in Qingdao from 11 March to 19 April 2013. This was the first module of the second two-year China FETPV program. The trainees comprised 20 selected veterinarians from several governmental veterinary services and research centres across China. They are key professional for their institutions and engage in the animal disease prevention and control.

The first three weeks were mainly delivered by team of trainers from the Royal Veterinary College (Prof. Dirk Pfeiffer, Prof. Javier Guitian and Dr Julian Drewe). In addition, Chinese trainers also delivered some lectures and conducted group exercises throughout the module. For the second cohort, MOA designated 6 Chinese trainers; they are epidemiologists from China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) (Dr Wang Youming, Dr Wei Xinjie, Dr Shen Chaojan); graduates of the first China FETPV cohort (Dr Han Xue and Dr Wang Jingfei) and PhD student from University of Prince Edward Island (Dr Jia Beibei). Each Chinese trainer has taken responsibility for 3 or 4 trainees and will act as mentors for these students for the rest of the course. This was seen as an important development and should enable close supervision and development of contacts between trainees and trainers. Prof Yu Chuanhua from School of Public health, Wuhan University delivered the biostatics training in the 4th and 5th week. Then, Ms. Zhou Xiaoyan, National GIS Specialist from FAO ECTAD China, gave 4-day training on GIS and its application in spatial analysis for animal diseases.

The training was based on a combination of interactive lectures, role plays, problem-based learning sessions, case studies, group exercises, scientific workshops and group and individual assignments. In addition, a field exercise involving a visit to a pig abattoir and two markets was held and was an excellent way for the trainees to put the epidemiology they have been learning into practice in a real context.

The next module on advanced epidemiology is schedule to be held in July 2013.