2nd OIE Sub-Regional Workshop on Veterinary Education
in South-East Asia

Putrajaya, Malaysia, 21-22 September 2012



The second OIE sub-regional workshop on veterinary education in South-East Asia was held back-to-back with the 3rd SEAVSA meeting in order to: inform participants of planned activities to support veterinary education under the OIE SRR-SEA/AusAID Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) initiative; explore opportunities to harmonize regional activities of OIE, SEAVSA, Member Country veterinary services and other partners on veterinary education; and introduce OIE recommendations on the competencies of graduating veterinarians. A total of 37 participants (22 deans/deputy deans/professors from 13 universities in seven countries and 10 from seven veterinary associations/VSBs, and FAO and OIE staff attended the workshop.

Associate Professor Datuk Dr Bashir Ahmad Fateh Mohamed, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UPM (FVM-UPM), opened the meeting. He stressed the importance of all veterinary schools in the South-East Asian region to come to acceptable standards and approach towards ensuring quality veterinary education. Dr. Gardner Murray, OIE Special Adviser, in his welcome address described OIE interest in education and Veterinary Statutory Bodies and their importance in improving veterinary services capacity building.  The OIE SRR SEA, Bangkok will seek to support veterinary education initiatives.

Professor Mohd Hair Bejo, SEAVSA Honorary Secretary and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, noted one key responsibility that SEAVSA needs to champion: the task of upgrading veterinary education, training and quality of service via concerted efforts by all member countries. Dr. Ronello Abila, OIE SRR-SEA Representative, gave a summary of the minimum competencies for Day 1 veterinary graduates. He pointed to the high expectations that society placed on veterinarians and veterinary authorities to be competent, ethical and able to discharge their duties with utmost professionalism, as the main impetus behind OIE’s PVS pathway.

Dr. Dirk Van Aken, OIE SRR-SEA Programme Coordinator, introduced the STANDZ Initiative, an AusAID-funded programme being implemented by the SRR-SEA. A Small Grant Facility (SGF) under STANDZ is available to support national systems strengthening, specific disease managements and research with regional significance. He encouraged participants to make proposals for initiatives related to veterinary education that could be supported through the SGF.

SRR-SEA’s partner, FAO, presented the FAO initiatives to strengthen veterinary education in the region while Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines provided updates on the status of their Veterinary Statutory Body. It is evident that the veterinary profession in ASEAN member states is at various stages of development and evolution. It is hence important for OIE and SEAVSA to continually engage regional partners towards the development of the veterinary education and profession.

A workshop was then conducted to review the status of veterinary curriculum vis-à-vis the OIE minimum competencies for Day 1 veterinary graduates and suggest approaches to assess the capacity of universities in specific competences and advanced competencies.

The recommendation of the workshop can be found here.