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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Visit to University veterinary schools in China to promote epidemiology education


Visit to Henan Agricultural University

As part of the planned follow up from the first course in veterinary epidemiology training for university academics from 17 universities in January, FAO ECTAD China staff paid a visit to three universities from 25th February to 4th March 2014. The visits were to Zhejiang Agricultural & Forestry (A&F) University, Nanjing Agricultural University, and Henan Agricultural University and the aim was to enhance advocate the importance of epidemiology with senior staff and plan for further visits by Dr Cai Chang, a Chinese epidemiologist from Murdoch University in the next few months. Dr Cai Chang was a co-trainer in the initial training and she will implement a program with the three universities to give a presentation on epidemiology, and assist with planning and development of curricula for epidemiology, teaching methodology, postgraduate training and case studies that can be used for epidemiology training.

The team met with senior staff, faculty and postgraduates from veterinary schools of these universities. Prof John Edwards, Senior Technical Coordinator of FAO ECTAD China presented FAO’ s vision on epidemiology capacity development in China. Dr Cai Chang also delivered a presentation on epidemiology and facilitating epidemiology education for Chinese universities. At all locations there was positive and active discussions about the possibilities for future cooperation on promoting epidemiology capacity development.

The mission achieved a number of positive outcomes, including assistance with curriculum development, capacity development for young faculty, conduct joint epidemiological research, develop case studies based on the current research data, etc. The visit to these universities also gained support from university senior staff for future development of epidemiology education.