Veterinary education establishments (VEEs) and veterinary statutory bodies (VSBs) play key roles in ensuring the effectiveness of veterinary professionals and delivery of competent national Veterinary Services (VS). Recognising the need to address the quality of veterinary education and the role of VSBs for its member countries/territories, the OIE has organized conferences, workshops and ad hoc groups leading to the development of recommendations and guidelines, and the introduction of active programmes on veterinary education.
The OIE supports strengthening of the Veterinary Service (VS), veterinary education establishments (VEEs) and veterinary statutory bodies (VSBs) globally and regionally through its global programs for PVS pathway, VEE and VSB twinning projects, global and regional conferences, and establishment of recommendations and guidelines.
The OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia (SRR-SEA) has been supporting the strengthening of VEEs and VSBs in the Southeast Asia sub-region since 2011, in close collaborations with the ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network (AVSBN) and the Southeast Asia Veterinary Schools Association (SEAVSA). A series of workshops has led to more sharing of information and experiences. The workshops also contributed to strengthening networks among the institutions in charge of veterinary education, veterinarians, regulating and promoting the profession and providing veterinary services, i.e., VEE, VSB, veterinary associations and VS. Discussion on the possible harmonization of veterinary curricula for transboundary mobility of veterinarians within ASEAN is an important topic of discussion in Southeast Asia.
More recently, the OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific began engaging VEEs and VSBs in the entire region as well as regional associations such as the Asian Association of Veterinary Schools. In 2017, a regional workshop for VEEs and VSBs was organised in Incheon, R.O Korea, to which participants came from across East and South East Asia. In 2018, a regional workshop for VEEs and VSBs was organized in Tokyo, Japan, gathering representatives from VEEs and VSBs of the OIE Members from East Asia, South Asia and South-East Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. These workshops provided a valuable forum for information exchange among the key stakeholders.
The OIE advocates for the veterinary authority of the Members to facilitate in-country communication and collaboration among Veterinary Authorities, VEEs, VSBs and Associations in strengthening capacity building for veterinarians including curriculum development and implementation as well as continuing education.