3rd OIE Sub-Regional Workshop on Veterinary Education
in South-East Asia

Surabaya, Indonesia, 4-5 September 2013


The Third OIE Sub-Regional Workshop on Veterinary Education in South-East Asia was conducted back-to-back with the Fourth Annual Meeting of South-East Asia Veterinary School Association (SEAVSA) on 4-5 September 2013 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by 61 participants. These included deans and representatives from Veterinary Educational Establishments (VEEs) and Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. There were also observers from universities from Hongkong, Korea, New Zealand, and United States of America.

The workshop was held in order to 1) review the progress made by ASEAN VEEs relevant to OIE minimum competencies for Day 1 Veterinary Graduates and introduce and familiarize ASEAN VEEs to the “Veterinary Education Core Curriculum OIE Guidelines”; 2) provide update on the various OIE initiatives to support the advancement of VEEs; 3) link the significant role of high quality VEE in fostering an efficient Veterinary Services to how improvement in veterinary education relates to improvement in the governance of Veterinary Services; and 4) develop an action plan to further improve the existing curricula consistent with the OIE Guidelines on Veterinary Education.

Presentations from the OIE included the roles of VEEs and VSBs towards Building Globally Competent National Veterinary Services by Dr Ronello Abila, OIE SRR-SEA support to Veterinary Education and VSB and review of recommendations from the 2nd OIE Sub-Regional Workshop on Veterinary Education in South-East Asia by Dr Dirk Van Aken, and Veterinary Education Core Curriculum by Dr Mary Joy Gordoncillo. Participating Member Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) presented their respective country report, emphasizing on updates and progress towards Day One competencies.  The SEAVSA President, Dr Prof Romziah Sidik, along with Prof Bambang Sektiari, also presented the SEAVSA assessment of veterinary school curriculum of its members. There were also special presentations by guest speakers from Tufts University, Saul Tzipori, and University of Minnesota, Scott Wells, who respectively discussed factors contributing to the emergence of new pandemics and building capacity in Veterinary Public Health. A short workshop on OIE Day 1 Competencies and Veterinary Education Core Curriculum was conducted on 4 September 2013.

The first part of the workshop identified specific and advanced competencies for Day 1 Veterinary Graduates with the VEEs’ respective course or course content where each particular competency is covered. Competencies were also assigned to groups by countries, who worked together to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, and list priority actions towards operationalization of each competency in their respective VEEs. Additionally, the VSBs from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam provided basic information regarding the nature and operation of their respective VSBs.

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