Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine faculty members, Amanda Berrian, DVM, MPH, PhD, and Armando Hoet, DVM, PhD, have been awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a two-year project to improve veterinary services in developing countries.The project involves creation of a digital platform to house educational resources and teaching tools for use by veterinary faculty around the world. High quality veterinary services are critical to ensure the safety, quality, and availability of animal source foods, yet the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has found gaps in veterinary services in developing countries and has identified quality of veterinary education to be a major contributor to this problem.
Project partners from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine & College of Public Health, and Massey University School of Veterinary Science and Institute of Education in New Zealand, will work collaboratively to identify and address the issues of quality veterinary teaching and learning. The US-based partners will develop and populate a digital platform with teaching tools and resources. These will align with a number of core competencies that are designated by the OIE as being essential for new veterinary graduates.
Read the full Iowa State University press release online here.