Consortium to head up teaching and research initiative in China
AN international consortium of veterinary schools in the UK and USA, together with input from industry, is establishing an outreach programme in China to promote education and research.
The International Veterinary Consortium for China (IVCC) comprises Nottingham veterinary school, the Royal Veterinary College and four veterinary schools from the USA – Iowa State, Minnesota, Davis California and Kansas State – together with Pfizer Animal Health. It aims to support improvement in China's veterinary education practices and to strategically improve animal productivity, welfare and veterinary public health (VPH) through cooperation with partner institutes in China. Over the next three years, the consortium will introduce outreach activities in dairy and pig health and postgraduate opportunities and training in VPH.
The two UK vet schools and the Minnesota vet school are particularly interested in VPH, and activities in this area are being led by Nottingham. The aim of this theme within the consortium's programme is to develop an international training centre for VPH in China involving members of the IVCC consortium and key veterinary institutions there, including the China Agricultural University (CAU) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), both situated in Beijing. Nottingham university has a campus at Ningbo near Shanghai, which will facilitate these activities through its involvement in the Global Food Security activity theme within the university.
As a preliminary activity to promote the VPH brief, the consortium is holding two symposia in October this year. The first, in Chengdu, Sichuan province, will be an international symposium on ‘Major emergent animal diseases, public health and food safety’, with speakers from Europe, the USA, China and Thailand and with representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the European Food Safety Authority. The aim will be to explore the market for improving postgraduate and undergraduate training in VPH in China, as well as exposing younger scientists to new technologies and approaches to veterinary science. In addition, there will be sessions to facilitate information exchange and to explore and identify national and international priorities in animal health and VPH.
The second conference in Beijing will involve CAU, CAAS, the Beijing Science and Technology Commission and the international cooperation department of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China as partner institutions and will explore in greater detail the opportunities for joint activity in this field.
Further details of the IVCC consortium are available from Theo Kanellos, e-mail:. More information about the symposia can be obtained from Kin-Chow Chang, e-mail: , or Paul Barrow, e-mail:
- British Veterinary Association