26 July 2018 - FAO organized a Global Workshop in February 2018 entitled “Coordination and Development of Field Epidemiology Training Programmes for Veterinarians” in February 2018 in Rome, Italy. This meeting allowed 80 experts from different institutions, countries and global and regional networks to share experiences in programme development and implementation for applied epidemiology training for veterinarians and Public Health and to share visions for a successful and harmonized development of FETPV. During this meeting participants also agreed that FAO takes the lead in developing global guidelines for supporting the development of field epidemiology training programmes for veterinarians in regions and countries.
Following this workshop, FAO, with the further support from DTRA, organized a Technical Workshop on Curriculum Development for Field Epidemiology training Programmes for Veterinarians (FETPV) on 4-6 July 2018 in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of this technical meeting were to i) finalize the set of core competences according to the different levels (basic/frontline and intermediate); ii) develop an initial set of curriculums including contents available from partners and institutions for the different levels of FETPV programs; iii) review the outcomes of the Global FETPV meeting which include the status of the FAO guidelines for applied veterinary epidemiology programmes development.
This technical meeting was attended by 20 experts from Global and Regional Institutions (US CDC, ECDC, CIRAD), Universities (EISMV Veterinary School from Senegal, University of Sydney, Royal Veterinary College of the University of London), Regional and Global Networks (TEPHINET, OHCEA, Indian Ocean Commission/SEGA One Health Network), National Authorities (Thailand) and experts from FAO with experience on implementation of epidemiology training programmes. Most of them were present to the previous Global workshop in February 2018.
During the meeting experts allowed to further develop and harmonize Core Competencies for FETPV Basic/Frontline and Intermediate levels, based on their experience and existing previous programmes in the Animal Health and Public Health sector. The agreement of a set of core competencies will guide the identification of the skills needed to meet core competencies and the development of contents and curriculum of In-service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training Programmes.
In addition, an important session was dedicated to the development of the FAO Technical Guidelines for In-service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training Programmes. This title was suggested by the experts and encompasses better the different varieties and options for applied veterinary epidemiology programs developed and implemented in countries. These guidelines would not only be useful for current programs development and implementation but also for countries planning to establish a new capacity development programmes on veterinary epidemiology or animal health workforce development. These guidelines will include some aspects on how to conduct strategic planning with stakeholders at national level, needs assessment, readiness assessment of countries to implement programmes, implementation modalities, mentorship guidance and monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
During the meeting, participants and FAO agreed to establish a Technical Advisory Group on FETPV who would contribute to the development and implementation of applied veterinary epidemiology programmes using an harmonized approach and the preparation and update of the FAO Technical Guidelines.
Through its multi-disciplinary expertise, FAO is engaged to develop and implement sustainable applied veterinary epidemiology programmes under different programmes and projects (e.g. DTRA/GLEWS and USAID/EPT2/GHSA) in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, ensuring the use of a common, harmonized and flexible approach according to country’s needs and requirements.