30 August 2011 - The Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV) in China aims to provide practical training to veterinary epidemiologists working for government agencies so that these can effectively meet the ever-rising critical needs which include conducting effective and timely outbreak response and surveillance for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
The FETPV in China which receives financial support from USAID, the government of China and other partner institutions and donors, enables selected individuals to receive practical training and implement a study/project under a mentor while maintaining employment.
FETPV-China directly supports government services using ‘training through services’ model, which, on one hand, strengthens individual capacity and create opportunities for trainees' career development, and, on the other hand, contributes to improving the delivery of state services.
The FETPV-China was launched on 29 November 2010, with 15 trainees selected from national and provincial veterinary institutions. They are enrolled on a two-year program which consists of lectures, training, and field practice to develop skills and understanding regarding surveillance, outbreak management, risk management, socioeconomic analysis, and ‘One Health’ approaches.
The third module of FETPV-China was held from 20 June to 16 July 2011 in Beijing and Qingdao, China. The first two modules, in November 2010 and April 2011 respectively, had introduced basic knowledge in field epidemiology practices. The third module focused on advanced knowledge on animal-human-environment interface, epidemiological data management and analysis, spatial data management, and outbreak investigations demonstrations.
FAO’s Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases in China (ECTAD-China) is currently partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to develop, operate, and strengthen the FETPV in China.
FETPV falls within the FAO-ECTAD vision of moving from short-term courses to longer-term, sustainable efforts in the promotion of epidemiology, and over time, to strengthen veterinary services to prevent and control health threats, and improve production efficacy and efficiency.
FAO, along with its partners, will continue to support member countries in implementing national and regional strategies for developing capacity in veterinary epidemiology through systematic training programmes according to identified national needs.
FAO of the UN is an institutional partner of World Veterinary Year (Vet2011) and has recently adopted a resolution declaring Global Freedom from Rinderpest.