The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has hosted animal welfare experts and representatives from the Chinese veterinary profession for a three-day workshop.

Chinese Vetocracy: visitors outside the Royal Dick.

Deans from three key veterinary schools in China attended the event, held in the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.

Leading academics

Senior colleagues from the China Agricultural University (Beijing), Nanjing Agricultural University and the Inner Mongolia University Veterinary School travelled to Edinburgh for the event.

Delegates were shown specialist facilities, such as 3D printers that can produce animal models to help students develop their spatial skills, and also observed how students are taught clinical skills – such as suturing, needle placement and intubation – using models that replace the need for animals.

The delegation also visited the university’s veterinary clinics, farms and The Roslin Institute to see how high-quality animal health and welfare research underpins teaching and clinical practice.

Essential foundation

Natalie Waran, director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, said: “The role of veterinarians is gaining importance in China in the face of greater urbanisation, increasing demand for food, growing companion animal ownership and the emergence of zoonotic transboundary diseases.

“Animal welfare is an essential foundation for the delivery of effective and quality veterinary care. We are working with colleagues in China to embed animal welfare teaching as an integral component of training future vets.”

The Edinburgh workshop was sponsored by World Animal Protection and supported by the Chinese Veterinary Medicine Association. Experts from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies will visit China in November this year to reciprocate the exchange.

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