LinkTADs WP3 Field Epidemiology Training (Part I)
The first part of LinkTADs WP3 Field Epidemiology Training session for trainers was held in Qingdao on 1-3 April. The session was aligned with the China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (China FETPV http://www.china-fetpv.org/) training. Ten Chinese trainers participated the training, which was delivered by Prof. Dirk Pfeiffer and Dr Julian Drewe from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK, as well as Mr Tang Hao from FAO China. The aim of this workshop was to introduce aspects of learning and teaching theory and practice to Chinese FETPV trainers, who will then conduct field epidemiology trainings at national and provincial level. Topics discussed included the importance of identifying core competencies and learning objectives that are aligned with methods of assessment. All Chinese trainers worked together to generate a draft curriculum for the future field epidemiology training courses. By the end of the training, prioritized teaching topics were identified. As a next step, the Chinese trainers will develop teaching materials and case studies for each topic which will be trialed and developed further during the second part of WP3 Field Epidemiology Training, to be held in July in Qingdao.
Jointly developed by FAO and Chinese veterinary bureau from 2010, the China FETPV seeks to improve animal and public health using scientific and risk based approaches for the control of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Each China FETPV training course lasts two years and the current crop of trainees are the third cohort to participate in this training. The program aims to become a self-sustaining in-service training model that will inform evidence based decision-making. It will ultimately benefit the economy, the community and agricultural producers, including smallholders. It will do this by improving the knowledge, expertise and experience of veterinary field epidemiologists in government services.