University of Edinburgh announces agreement with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association to enhance Chinese vet training and improve animal welfare.  

The role vets in China can play in safeguarding animal welfare will be strengthened by an agreement enhancing the country’s veterinary training.

Natalie Waran.An agreement with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the University of Edinburgh will see both parties collaborate on innovative veterinary research and educational programmes.

The agreement – the first between the CVMA and a UK university – will also seek to promote and strengthen the role of the vet in China, particularly in the area of animal welfare.

Natalie Waran, Jeanne Marchig professor of animal welfare education at the University of Edinburgh, said: “This historic agreement, which draws on the University of Edinburgh’s expertise in animal health and welfare research, will promote and support the development of continuing veterinary education in China.

“Along with the CVMA, we hope to develop dynamic educational expertise to enhance veterinary education – not only training Chinese veterinarians to meet the challenges of a changing and globalised profession, but also promoting animal welfare in the veterinary curriculum to ensure public safety and reduce epidemics.”

The agreement forms part of a collaboration between the CVMA and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, which opened in 2011 and is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Other aims of the collaboration are to promote and support innovation in postgraduate veterinary education in China. It will also draw on expertise in international animal welfare from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare.

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