Orientation to Twinning Programs
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:00–7:45 a.m.
Orientation to the OIE Veterinary Educational Twinning Programs and Opportunities for Participation
Rutch Khattiya, PhD Chiang Mai University
Alain DeHove, World Organisation for Animal Health
Karin Hamilton, University of Minnesota
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has identified initial veterinary medical education as a global public good because of its influence on the performance of national veterinary services. Unfortunately, the quality of veterinary medical education varies considerably between countries. The OIE launched a global initiative to strengthen national veterinary services by enhancing the relevant aspects of veterinary medical education. An international working group has proposed a list of Day 1 competencies for new veterinary graduates and has provided a model core curriculum outline. Interestingly, the OIE’s Day 1 competencies complement and in many cases parallel the One Health competencies identified by several groups. With the support of donors, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has begun to fund veterinary educational twinning programs that partner parent institutions from developed countries with institutions in developing countries. These twinning programs provide funds to support curriculum development around the Day 1 competencies, faculty and student exchanges, and other activities that better equip the schools to prepare new graduates to demonstrate the necessary competencies to support national veterinary services. This presentation will inform veterinary colleges about the opportunities that exist for veterinary educational twinning supported by the OIE. Presenters will share the experiences of the University of Minnesota and Chiang Mai University in Thailand as they have launched the first veterinary educational twinning program funded by the U.S. Department of State through the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund. The OIE’s core competencies will be reviewed along with the guidelines for veterinary educational twinning approach.