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China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians: let’s take stock of the situation!

On July 31st, a meeting took place at FAO China, in Beijing within the LinkTADs framework. The meeting was organized to understand what the stage of China FETPV is and which future steps should be taken.

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.

So far, two cohorts of 49 veterinarians, from national, provincial and municipal levels, have been trained. The best students of each cohort were selected at the end of each program to become teacher / facilitator for the next year training. The third cohort is currently being selected.

The session agreed on three points for the future:

The program will focus more on the development of FETPv in Chinese at provincial level and on a specific course for executive managers;

A pilot training for teachers at the University of Agriculture will be developed, in order to integrate more epidemiology in the curriculum of undergraduates students;

Special seminars and workshops will be organised to promote One Health collaboration and bring animal health, human health and environmental sectors together.

The participants also developed some specific recommendations for the future. First of all, under the LinkTADs Task 3.3, a training session of trainers in field epidemiology will be organised in Qingdao, China, for the selected students of the previous FETPV cohort. Secondly, in order to increase the exposure of Chinese teachers to innovative participatory teaching methods, exchanges could be organised with CIRAD and the Veterinary faculty of Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand.