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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Successful organization the First Course of the Veterinary Epidemiology Training Program for University Academics


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The First Course of the Veterinary Epidemiology Training for University Academics was held at Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) in Wuhan from 13th to 17th January 2014. This was a joint initiative of FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) China, HZAU, Veterinary Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC). The training course was delivered by Professor Ian Robertson and Dr Cai Chang from the Murdoch University, Australia, with support of a team of Chinese co-facilitators from HZAU (Prof Guo Aizhen, Dr Chen Yingyu) , CAHEC (Dr Wang Youming and Dr Shen Chaojian) and FAO ECTAD China (Dr Guo Fusheng and Dr Li Yin).

A total of 27 trainees from 17 universities in China attended the one-week training course. A launching ceremony was organized at the beginning of the training, leaders from the Veterinary Bureau, HZAU, CAHEC and FAO ECTAD China were present to demonstrate their strong commitment. The emphasis was to demonstrate how to teach epidemiology at undergraduate level while ensuring knowledge of the main components of epidemiology including epidemiology, disease causation, disease patterns, measures of disease frequency, epidemiological studies and diagnostic tests. Considering the limited English language capacity of many of the trainees, a Chinese-speaking veterinary epidemiologist Dr Cai Chang delivered some of the presentations and facilitated participative discussions among participants. This was an important part of this joint initiative. Over the next few months, Dr Cai Chang will also conduct follow-up activities with four of the national universities to assist trainees with course development, presentation of seminars/lectures and advocacy at senior levels in the universities.

The feedback from the training was very positive, with high level of satisfaction from the trainees. Through this training, the trainees showed their commitment to the vision to further develop epidemiology teaching in Chinese Universities, and their willingness to maintain ongoing networking among the participants. It is envisaged that there will be many opportunities for the veterinary schools involved to establish partnerships with a range of international schools to progress their plans for epidemiology teaching.