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Department of Livestock Development and its networks in cooperation with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to organize 4th OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education

during   22-24 June 2016 at Dusit Thani Bangkok, Thailand
Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and its alliances are joining force with World Organisation for Animal Health or Office International des Epizooties (OIE) to organize “4th OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education” in order to strengthen Veterinary Education worldwide. Veterinary Education is a key to sustainable improvement of public and private sector components of Veterinary Services (VS), the outcome of which is a global public good which will be improving life quality of the world’s population.  
During the press conference on “4th OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education” held on Wednesday 18 May 2016, Dr. Sorravis Thaneto, Deputy Director General & Spokesman of Department of Livestock Development said, “Thailand was chosen to host “4th OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education” which will be held during 22-24 June 2016 at Dusit Thani Bangkok, Thailand. The conference will be co-hosted by the Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in cooperation with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Thailand Veterinary Dean Consortium, Veterinary Council of Thailand and the Thai Veterinary Medical Association under the Royal Patronage. The objectives of the conference are to develop internationally endorsed recommendations on actions to be taken by Veterinary Education Establishments (VEEs) and partners to improve the quality of veterinary education globally. It will bring key actors in this sector closer together for better harmonization of veterinary education standards worldwide, based on OIE guidelines. In addition, it will be improving the quality of VS which will affect the social and economic. The conference will convene approximately 500-600 key participants from 180 OIE’s Member Countries.
The interesting topics during the conference include “Veterinary Education: Global Progress”, How to support VEEs to implement Day 1 Competencies and the Model Core Curriculum, Improving other important skills such as leadership, communication, economics and life-long learning, and Best teaching practices in the Information Age and many more.  
Dr. Sorravis Thaneto added that nowadays we expose to zoonotic diseases, so veterinarians have to always conduct researches and studies to get new knowledge and know the causes of diseases, symptoms, principles and guidelines to prevent those diseases. Veterinarians must have capabilities to control epidemic effectively especially in resolving the outbreaks of zoonotic diseases  and solving the issue of residues and contaminants in food derived from animals as to keep good life quality of the world population.
“We hope that this global conference will help to develop the veterinary education towards the same direction as well as enhance knowledge and professional ethics of veterinarians. The forum will provide opportunities to the OIE’s member countries to improve the quality of their VS to be one of the OIE’s founding mandates,” Dr. Sorravis said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ronello C. Abila, OIE Sub-Regional Representative for South-East Asia, said that strengthening the veterinary education is an essential step towards sustainability of livestock development of both state agency and private sector. Veterinarians are the health professionals who are responsible for the successful implementation of appropriate animal production, aquaculture and food safety policies, and for the effective prevention and control of potential biological disasters. If these diseases outburst such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Ebola, or Bird flu, they can have serious impact on human health across the world.   

Prior to this, OIE had already staged three global conferences on veterinary education. The first conference was held in 2009 at Paris, France; the second time was held in 2011 at Leon, France; and the third conference was held in 2013 at Foz de Iguaza, Brazil in Latin America. This year, Thailand – dubbed as the Kitchen of the World- is selected to be the host country of this event.
There will be a discussion on the progress of the previous conferences and evaluation of the quality of the veterinary profession globally, through encouraging worldwide harmonization of veterinary education based on OIE guidelines.

The OIE Twinning Programme which is implemented by VEEs and VAs, in Developed and Developing countries will be consulted and exchanged knowledge in order to develop veterinary education. Moreover, OIE PVS Pathway will be used to evaluation of the quality of veterinary education for Good Governance.
In addition, there will also be a forum to exchange opinion and seek ways to improve the veterinary education by strengthening relationship between VAs, VEEs, and VSBs, review the training and teaching by innovative methods and exchange opinion on improving the accessibility to reach global network as to create unity among veterinarians, Dr. Ronello said.