Cambodia upgrades vet education with 6-year DVM

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) of the Royal University of Agriculture of Cambodia (RUA) organised a consultative workshop on “Development and Implementation of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Curriculum on 19-20 June 2013 as part of their activities to upgrade veterinary education in Cambodia.  The aim was to recommend the establishment of a six-year Doctor in Veterinary Medicine degree.  OIE SRR-SEA is supporting the Faculty to strengthen the capacities of its teachers with USD 49,935 from the Small Grant Facility.

Dr. Dirk Van Aken, Programme Coordinator, OIE SRR-SEA, noted during his presentation that priority should be given to the implementation of the OIE Guidelines on Veterinary Education and Core Curriculum and the OIE Recommendations on the Competencies of graduating veterinarians (“Day 1 Competencies”).

Representatives from Asian Association of Veterinary Schools (AAVS) and Southeast Asia Veterinary School Association (SEAVSA) confirmed their commitment to the OIE recommendations.  The AAVS is presently using Day-1 Competencies in assessing and improving veterinary curricula in the region.

The workshop was attended by 60 national participants comprising staff and students of the FVM and DAHP staff, and 10 international participants, representing the AAVS, SEAVSA, Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA), World Veterinary Association (WVA), deans from Veterinary Education Establishments (VEE) in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and SRR-SEA.

RUA is the only institution in Cambodia that has been offering a four-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree within a Faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (FASVM).  In January 2013 the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) endorsed the establishment of a new Faculty of Veterinary Medicine which is tasked to develop and implement a 6 years program of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree that will comply with standards set by the AAVS.