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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One Health for Veterinary and Medical Field Epidemiologists—China FETPV & CFETP First Joint Course

2012/05/19

One Health Joint Seminar

The training course 'One Health for Veterinary and Medical Field Epidemiologists' was held from 15 to 19 July 2013 in Beijing. It was the first joint course between China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinary (China FETPV) and Chinese Field Epidemiology Training Program (CFETP). International and Chinese trainers with different disciplinary background gave lectures on social behavior change, policy development, and interdisciplinary approaches. There were in total 43 participants, including 29 FETPV trainees and graduates plus 14 CFETP trainees. The course was to help the participants to understand how to collaborate among of multiple disciplines when dealing with zoonotic diseases and thus better fulfill their role as field epidemiologists working to health for people, animals and the environment.

The anonymous pre-survey showed that 86% participants had worked on real disease outbreak investigations while 72% of them had never been involved in a public health/animal health joints investigation. Based on this, the training focused on building up participants' inter-disciplinary thinking and the relevant skills to be used in outbreak investigation. There were interactive outbreak exercises in the afternoons. Participants were divided into groups containing those from both veterinary and medical fields. Participants were required to use what they had learned, i.e. epidemiological skills and an inter-disciplinary approach, to deal with complex public health issues.

The workshop was sponsored by the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP) Phase ll and co-organized by FAO ECTAD, CFETP and CAHEC. The Veterinary Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), EU Delegation in China and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) also provide their support as usual. This event is a good example of inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral cooperation using a One Health approach.