RVC graduate Bev Panto is shooting video footage in Kenya and Tanzania to help raise awareness of development and animal health issues among veterinary students in Africa and the UK.

RVC graduate Bev Panto is shooting video footage in Kenya and Tanzania to help raise awareness of development and animal health issues among veterinary students in Africa and the UK.
 
Miss Panto, who graduated this summer, is being funded by the UK Department for International Development to undertake the project, which forms part of RVC’s Students as Global Citizens project – a three-year initiative to develop curricula for students from The School of Pharmacy, RVC and the Medical School of University College London on the social, economic and cultural aspects of international development relative to their profession.

Bev PantoMiss Panto, who will be in Africa for five weeks, told Veterinary Times: “The part of the project that I am involved in is to raise awareness of development issues in UK students by means of video material that I will be collecting and editing out in Kenya and Tanzania. It aims to enhance the appreciation of international development by exploring and contrasting issues related to livestock and health in both East Africa and the UK. This is intended to assist RVC and Kenyan veterinary students identify with their counterparts and emphasise the common professional interests and values that exist.

“In addition to the collection of video materials while working with vets, vet students and locals, we also hope to promote the opportunities for future student exchanges, to develop a sustainable link between the vet schools.”

RVC’s Students as Global Citizens is part of a Bloomsbury Colleges initiative coordinated by the Institute of Education Development Education Research Centre. It has been designed to build on relationships the college has established with various partners including the University of Nairobi Veterinary School, the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance in Tanzania and Vetaid.

During her time in Africa, Miss Panto will be posting a regular blog (www.africabev.blogspot.com) of her experiences, which will also be the subject of a forthcoming feature in Veterinary Times.

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