June 2016 OIE Bangkok conference on veterinary education takes a closer look at new online teaching methods in veterinary medicine


Bangkok, 24 June 2016. The fourth OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education took place at the Dusit Thani Hotel, in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 to 24 June 2016. A total of 390 participants comprising Directors of Veterinary Services (OIE Delegates), Deans and Heads of boards from Veterinary Educational Establishments (VEE), university lecturers, veterinary practitioners and staff of international organisations from 90 OIE Member Countries attended the meeting. Of these, there were 23 African countries, namely: Algeria, Botswana, Chad, Congo (Rep. of the), Congo (Dem. Rep. of the), Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The conference, convened by the OIE in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, was financially supported by the European Union (EU); the Government of the United Kingdom; the Government of Canada; Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (USA); Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (USA); the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC); and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand.

The conference theme was “Learning today, preserving our future,” and had an overall objective of strengthening global veterinary education for sustainable improvement of public and private sector components of veterinary services. It was presided over by Dr Michael Botlhe Modisane, the President of the World Assembly of Delegates and OIE Delegate for South Africa, Dr Monique Eloit, the Director General of the OIE and Dr Ayuth Harintraranon, the Director General of the Department of Livestock Development, Thailand. The conference was officially opened by Mr. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Thailand.

The conference was structured around four main sessions:

1. Veterinary Education: Global Progress which addressed veterinary education in the PVS pathway, reviewed the status of VEE twinning arrangements, the European Commission perspective of support to veterinary students and a global review of veterinary education;

2. How to support VEE to implement Day 1 Competencies and the model Core Curriculum which reviewed the global accreditation mechanisms for VEEs and state of play in developing national and regional accreditation bodies in Asia, the challenges of accreditation, and collaboration between Veterinary Authorities and Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSB) in the implementation of OIE standards and guidelines;

3. Improving skills in leadership, communication and life-long learning which addressed economics of animal production, communicating and advocating for economic and political dimensions of animal health measures to stakeholders, veterinary leadership, education and professional ethics, risk communication, current and future role of the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in continuing education for veterinarians;

4. Best teaching practices in the information age that addressed what the students want to learn, new teaching methods, on-line training, educating the educators of VEEs and teaching the concept of One Health. All sessions were completed with panel discussions.

Following three days of fruitful discussions, the conference made recommendations to the Veterinary Authorities of the OIE member countries and to the OIE. These were circulated to participants for further inputs and will be posted on this website shortly

Drafting of recommendations “in real-time” by Sam Bradd.
Picture (c) S. Wakhusama (oie) 2016.

The President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates, Dr. Botlhe Michael Modisane (South Africa).
Picture (c) Communication Unit (oie) 2016

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