WikiVet, an online collaborative veterinary resource for veterinary students, graduates and nurses worldwide, has received funding from one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
WikiVet, an online collaborative veterinary resource for veterinary students, graduates and nurses worldwide, has received funding from one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer.
WikiVet is a collaborative initiative involving UK veterinary schools with support from Higher Education Academy and Pfizer. The project is creating a comprehensive online knowledge base which covers the entire veterinary curriculum. The site currently has over 6,000 registered members who are graduates of more than 200 different veterinary schools around the world. The project is currently led by staff, students and graduates from the Royal Veterinary College, London.
The new funding has been provided by Pfizer Global Alliances, which is working to support veterinary research and education throughout the world. This sponsorship has enabled the site to increase the development of content and a range of online services for the profession.
Program leader Theo Kanellos said: “WikiVet and the educational community behind this very innovative project have the vision and the potential to become the authoritative veterinary wiki with a worldwide user base of students, vet practitioners and other related professionals. Such an educational initiative would significantly support the veterinary profession.”
The WikiVet project was established two years ago with limited funding from the UK Government. This significant additional support will enable the project to employ a project coordinator as well as significantly increase the production of new content.
Nick Short, one of the founding collaborators, said: “There has been significant interest in WikiVet from vets and students around the world. Pfizer’s generous support will help us significantly increase the resources that we can offer to this international audience and help to secure the site as one of the premier veterinary education resources on the web.”