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Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV): next steps

Dr. Timothée Vergne, Royal Veterinary College

The China FETPV programme is a training programme organised by FAO ECTAD and CAHEC aiming at improving epidemiological skills of veterinarians in China. It has been running since 2010, with two cohorts of 35 veterinarians, from national, provincial and municipal levels, having completed their training. Trainees from the second cohort have recently been in the field to move from theory to practice and investigate outbreaks of peste des petits ruminants and H7N9. The third cohort is currently being selected and will start in November 2014.

As part of the LinkTADs project, a meeting between the leaders of the programme was held on 31st July 2014 in Beijing, to discuss possible future directions of the FETPV programme. It was agreed that the further development of the FETPV programme needs to focus on becoming fully sustainable without external training and financial input. This will also mean that training should eventually be delivered in Chinese language at provincial level, and that specific courses for executive managers will be developed. In this respect, the best students from the second cohort will be selected to become teachers or facilitators for this next cohort’s training.

In addition, to promote One Health collaborations, special seminars and workshops will be organised in the future to bring animal health, human health and environmental sectors together.

RVC, CIRAD, FAO ECTAD China and CAHEC are working together within the LinkTADs framework in order to contribute to the success of the China FETPV programme.

  • epidemiology
  • laboratory research

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  • This training will be very helpful for the Epidemological capacity building in China, and the Chinese government is paying high attention to this project.
  • Fusheng Guo
    The FETPV training principle is training by doing. Each cohort last for two years with five months classroom training and one and half years field practice. Every trainee need to finish at least one animal disease surveillance and one outbreak investigation with close guiding by the national and international mentors. An epidemiological network has been establishing through the program. The excellent trainees attend the peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and H7N9 influenza outbreak investigation in the country and their recommendations were taken by the national veterinary authority. These might different from the Massey University program. One student graduated from the Massey University program just attends the FETPV new cohort.
  • The FETPV welcomes foreign trainee. Two Mongolian veterinarians attended one training module in 2012.
  • will the training include foreign students, researcher and scientists?

  • Hi Timothy, I think your group are to be commended for the work you have achieved. Are you aware that there is a similar system being administrator from Massey University, coordinated by Peter jolly and involving several veterinary epidemiologists. In a similar manner to you they involve training of local veterinarians in "hubs" and also provided some form of web-based communication and management tools. In this case the training has involved both veterinary and public health (medical) personnel. Given the benefits of both of your groups appear to have achieved, a conversation between the two groups might synergise further efforts in Asia . Regards Mark