The event will bring together scholars, educators, students and business leaders to share research and novel ideas involving simulation in veterinary medicine to advance training future generations of veterinarian.

InVest 2020 (cont.)

The conference will feature distinguished keynote speakers, short presentations, workshops, poster presentations, and opportunities for networking and establishing future collaborations.

Social activities are also planned to allow attendees the opportunity to explore and enjoy the many natural treasures on the beautiful island of Grenada.

Program Overview

  • Thursday, April 30: Registration and evening welcome social
  • Friday, May 1: Registration, keynote address, presentations, posters and workshops, followed by a dinner and social at Dodgy Dock Restaurant.
  • Saturday, May 2: Keynote address, presentations, posters and workshops, followed by a sunset barbecue at the University Club of SGU.
  • Sunday, May 3: Keynote address, presentations and workshops, followed by an optional island tour.

Email: invest2020@sgu.edu
Website: http://www.sgu.edu/invest2020


VetEd Down Under (cont.)

Keynote speakers include Associate Professor Julie Cary from Washington State University on “Simulation-based education: critical for the future of veterinary medicine,” Dr. Eloise Jillings from Massey University in New Zealand on “Are the Australian and New Zealand veterinary professions adequately representative of the populations we serve?” and Professor Elizabeth Tudor from the University of Melbourne on “Building sustainable partnerships to deliver animal health programs in regional and remote Indigenous Communities.” The post-conference workshops include “Veterinary service delivery to remote Indigenous Communities – Talking practicalities and one health” and “Creative teaching for veterinary clinical skills development.”

We will be accepting poster abstracts through until 17 January 2020.

Asian Veterinary Education Summit 2020 (cont.)

Asia being the habitat of the largest human and animal population and having one of the largest veterinary communities in the world is facing many challenges in veterinary education, including access to educational resources and facilities to enrich students’ learning. To foster changes in veterinary education in Asia, partnership and active engagement with CIVME and other change-making agents can provide opportunities to build networks among veterinary schools and educators to contribute and bring changes in veterinary education in Asia by developing mutual understanding and collaboration; in other words, developing a community of practices for veterinary educators.

With the above backdrop, CIVME, in joint collaboration with local, regional and global partners aims to convene the Asian Veterinary Educational Summit –VetEd Asia Summit 2020. This will enable us to bring veterinary educators from Asian countries as well as global veterinary educational leaders together to share their experiences and critically review different aspects of veterinary educational practices in Asia and other parts of the world. More importantly, it will provide an opportunity to make a future plan to engage veterinary schools of this region in this initiative so that the platform VetEd Asia becomes sustainable, inclusive and promotes sharing and best practices. Following are the proposed aims and principles of VetEd Asia Summit 2020, adopted from the Vet Ed and VetEd Down Under.

Specific Aim of the VetEd Asia

The aim of VetEdu Asia Summit 2020 is to develop a network of veterinary educators to promote veterinary education in Asia, through inclusive sharing of research, innovation and best practices.

Inclusivity:

  • Open and friendly atmosphere
  • All delegates welcomed: academics, educators, clinicians, practitioners, researchers, and students, from any country of the region
  • Showcasing innovation, ideas and best practices, as well as original research
Sharing:

  • Encouraging open sharing of outputs and innovations, for the collective benefit of veterinary education in the region
  • Emphasis on networking and building community
Promoting best practice:

  • Promoting higher standards of veterinary education, through sharing and showcasing best practices
  • Encouraging (but not insisting on) scholarly and evidence-based approaches
  • Accessible and encouraging to delegates not previously exposed to educational research and scholarship, particularly those from the host country.
  • Promoting educational scholarship and best practices as a rewarding pathway for veterinary faculty
Expected date: Middle of November 2020
Duration of the Summit: Two and half day

A Century of Veterinary Education in South Africa (cont.)

Similar to other veterinary schools worldwide, despite its demanding standards, student success has been exemplary with few dropouts over the years, and module pass-rates ranging between 96% and 98%, currently amongst the highest in South African Universities. To date, 5138 veterinarians and 1169 veterinary nurses have graduated in South Africa.

From early days the Faculty enjoyed global recognition, with international reciprocity with the UK established in 1948 and nowadays consistently ranked internationally as one of the top 50 veterinary educational establishments. The Faculty plays a leading role in promoting and harmonising veterinary education standards globally as well as in Africa.

After amalgamation, staff and student transformation to include people from African, Coloured and Indian ethnicity was slow until recently. In 2018, the first non-white dean was appointed. Initially most graduates were male, with few exceptions like the first female veterinarian graduating in 1927. Hereafter, similar to the international trend, female veterinary graduations increased reaching 68% in 2019. In contrast the veterinary nursing graduates, initially at 100% female, was 13% male by 2019.

Veterinary education in South Africa has made significant impact over the past century, building on a history of local and international relevance and excellence.


Bangladesh Veterinary Pedagogy Forum (cont.)

With the technical assistance from the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and financial support from USAID, the Department of Livestock Services, National Veterinary Dean Council, Bangladesh Veterinary Council and Bangladesh Veterinary Association have been organizing the CEVET Conference every year since 2017. The third conference, held on 16-18 November 2019, was inaugurated by the Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The conference had several plenary lectures and four parallel sessions. The plenary lectures addressed the issues of dairy development, professional accreditation of veterinary graduates and Bangladesh animal health intelligence system (BAHIS). In the parallel sessions a total of 38 lectures were given covering the disciplines of poultry health and production, dairy health and production, companion animal medicine and surgery, wildlife health and management, epidemiology and veterinary public health. Thirteen international speakers from the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Sri Lanka, and seven speakers from Bangladesh delivered the lectures. In addition, there were two panel discussion sessions on the control of avian influenza and the dairy development in Bangladesh. This year there was also a post-conference workshop on 19 November 2019, specifically for the faculties of veterinary schools, on pedagogic skills for disease control curriculum. The workshop was conducted by a group of faculties previously trained by the Cummings Veterinary School of Tufts University, USA, with support from FAO.

The CEVET conferences are significantly contributing to the continuing professional development, professional networking and above all creating a culture of continuing education among the veterinarians and animal husbandry professionals.


10th One Health Bangladesh Conference 2019 focused on capacity building for health security (cont.)

A panel discussion was held during the conference focusing on Inter-professional Workforce Development for Achieving Health Security where the panelists discussed whether Bangladesh is ready with a One Health oriented workforce to face the next big epidemic. Dr. Vipat Kuruchittham, Executive Director of South East Asian One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) participated as a moderator in the session. Dr. Vipat introduced the SEAOHUN and emphasized the need for a One Health approach for next generation workforce development.

SEAOHUN is a network of 72 universities in 6 countries, established on 2011 with the mission to enhance One Health Capacity in the region. He showed a few past examples of the devastating health threats, including the death of 300,000 people in H1N1 pandemic, fatalities of 10,000 people due to Ebola, loss of 12 billion dollars due to SARS and $63 billion for Ebola outbreak. In contrast, he illustrated the cost effectiveness as a yearly investment of US$1.9 billion to strengthen animal and human health systems would yield an estimated global public benefit of more than US$30 billion annually. He identified three distinct group for the investment which are 1) Teachers – who train the workforce 2) Students- Soon to enter workforce and 3) Leaders- those who will utilize the workforce. He focused on turning the students from passive to active learners through a learning-by-doing approach. He mentioned that the key learning from the Health security financing system in Vietnam is workforce development for ensuring a sustainable and effective health security system. He observed that the future workforce will be valued for their job related skill, not academic degrees. Soft skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity are as important as technical skills.

Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Director, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), responded in terms of Bangladesh preparedness to health threats as “Yes” and “No”. To justify for yes, she mentioned IEDCR has introduced 2-year long Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETPB) and Frontline FETPB courses which are contributing to produce frontline health workforce to combat health threats. She also mentioned that the One Health Institute of Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has introduced a Masters in Public Health course, which is also contributing to One Health workforce development. However, she said “No” because of the lower mass of the workforce because Bangladesh needs at least 8000 field epidemiologists to combat a big epidemic situation.

In response to the preparedness, Professor Dr. Nitish Chandra Debnath cited the past experience in 2007 when an avian influenza first outbreak in poultry occurred in Bangladesh, which puzzled the government and people. Experience with several other outbreaks made us realize that instead of working separately, inter-professional collaboration gives better results. Professor Debnath explained that a One Health approach is not only a nice thing to do anymore, we are forced to do in theBangladesh context. The high density of human and animal population and their close proximity and environmental vulnerability has made this land especially suited for adopting a One Health approach. He pointed out that the motto of the One Health movement in Bangladesh is “Harnessing the Creative Power of Diversity of Inter-professional people.” He cited research that shows a group of heterogeneous mediocre people performs better that a group of homogenous genius people. Prof Debnath informed the meeting that the Department of Livestock Services in collaboration with CVASU and Global Health Development is about to start the Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarian (FETPV) and planning to establish a strong synergy between FETPB and FETPV. He emphasized the need to work together as a routine peacetime practice to resolve the complex health issues.

AEM Mohiuddin Osmani, Joint Chief of Planning at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare highlighted the appropriate utilization of the trained workforce within the government system. He dtated that his ministry is planning to create an Epidemiologist post up to the Upazila level. However, he stressed the need of advocacy and mid-term evaluation for the workforce development programs. He also congratulated the organizer for bringing the key players from different sectors and disciplines together to address the interface issue among human, animal and ecosystems.

A good number of questions came from the audience which were responded to by the panelists. It also emphasized that hard skills along with the soft skills of the graduates can equip them better to deal with current world’s health complexities. It was also stated that we must also look for the curriculum content to ensure synergy between different disciplines.


Presentation of the CIVME at the second National Veterinary Days in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa (cont.)


Agriculture is the backbone of African economies and will continue to be a priority for the continent alongside industrialization efforts. In fact, agriculture accounts for up to 40% of total export earnings and around 25% of GDP. It employs 60 to 90% of the African labor force and more than half of household income comes from the agricultural sector.

In a few years, human dietary needs will reach unprecedented proportions in history (nearly nine billion people on Earth in the next 50 years living more and more in cities). The growth of economies now confirmed in the countries of the South of the Sahara and the strong urbanization (5% per year in Africa) will pull up the demand for products of animal origin. This growing demand for animal products will generate jobs along value chains in livestock production.

In this context, characterized by the importance of animal and fish resource value chains and the quality of agro-food industries in the economic development of Côte d'Ivoire, it was important to understand the issues and challenges veterinary professionals face in order to enhance their skills in an efficient way.

With the exception of the few independent veterinary hygienists practicing as consultants on behalf of agri-food or food industries, veterinarians practicing in these companies are salaried employees. The concern of these veterinarians is the satisfaction of the consumer's expectations after identifying his needs. They are "quality experts" who are interested in industrial technology, marketing, economic management and business management. In fact, it is their method of approaching problems, comparable to the behavior of the clinician, which is here sought and valued by the company. The veterinary training and diploma constitute an opening to these worlds, yet far removed from those who go to the cabinet of the "animal doctor."

Around two hundred and fifty participants from various backgrounds were present at these days, one of whose workshops was on the theme: the Council for International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME), an organ at the service of the quality of the veterinary profession . This workshop was moderated by Professor Serge Niangoran Bakou, Alternate Member of CIVME for Africa. In his presentation, he presented the training offers in science and veterinary medicine by giving the characteristics of veterinary training establishments in Africa. These characteristics include: (i) low human and financial resources, (ii) limited infrastructure and equipment, (iii) the high cost of education for most learners, (iv) disciplinary training based on the production of a general veterinarian; and (v) considerable inequalities in the quality of training without any formal accreditation system for quality assurance for most institutions. Hence the need for capacity building for quality education. With this in mind, the OIE has suggested a reform of veterinary education around the world based on the need for harmonization of the veterinary curriculum. Also to assume its status of world leader in training in veterinary medicine, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has set up the Council for International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME), whose objectives, strategic and operational plans and challenges to address were presented by the speaker.


VetEd: The Evolution of an Educational Community of Practice (cont.)

A project has been undertaken to review VetEd after the first 10 years. The proceedings have been analysed to identify how the CoP has evolved over time. Attendance at the annual symposium has risen to over 200 delegates, representing over 40 schools and 20 countries. The abstract types include posters, workshops and short communications, with a steady increase to over 100 per year. The abstract titles are currently being analysed as the submissions are representative of the activities and interests of the CoP membership (the symposium does not have pre-publicised theme/s). The data analysis to date indicates that the community has a broad remit although certain recurring themes are emerging, including clinical skills, curriculum, professionalism, assessment and student support, mirroring many of the developments that have happened in veterinary education.

In addition, to complement the analysis of the symposium proceedings, ‘oral histories’ have been recorded with the organiser of each VetEd to explore the impact on forming attitudes & developing the veterinary education community. It has been highlighted that VetEd provides a good opportunity to be with other veterinary educators, that over time the international representation has increased (beyond UK, Ireland and North America) and “there’s nothing currently in my opinion that replaces the unique focus of it”.

In summary, it appears from the way VetEd has and continues to grow that the symposium is fulfilling the aims of promoting veterinary education and developing a community of practice that shares knowledge, ideas, innovations, research and best practice around the world.


AAVMC, MSD Animal Health Collaborating on Global Antimicrobial Resistance Project (Cont.)

The grant program goal is focused on building networks and using communication technology to increase awareness, share ideas, and support innovative approaches to improving veterinary medical education at universities around the world.
 
“We support the responsible use of antibiotics as essential, life-saving veterinary therapeutic tools to improve the health of animals,” said Elzo M. Kannekens, DVM, Director Global Public Policy & Multilateral Affairs, MSD Animal Health. “Their use in veterinary medicine also benefits humans by reducing the spread of disease between animals and humans. We recognize the critical importance of sound antibiotic stewardship by working with partners around the world to support ongoing science and available treatment options to help veterinarians deal with this challenge in an effective way. We are therefore proud to partner with CIVME in the MSD AH CIVME grant program on Antimicrobial Stewardship.”
 
The grant program will focus on antibiotic stewardship and emphasize disease prevention through improved vaccination protocols. Keeping more animals free from infectious disease through immunizations will reduce the amount of antimicrobial agents required to treat sick animals. The grant program is encouraging multi-university collaborations on a global scale. Total project budgets should not exceed $10,000 and will be awarded for a maximum period of 24 months.

Projects are expected to align with one or more criteria that advance CIVME’s mission. The deadline for grant submission is January 30, 2020. Proposals should be forwarded to CIVME-grant@aavmc.org and grant application materials can found on the CIVME website. Recipients will be informed in March 2020. For more information about the program, please visit the CIVME website or contact Dr. Harold Bok (g.j.bok@uu.nl).