Dr. Armando Hoet, Associate Professor and Director of the Veterinary Public Health (VPH) Program in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Ross Coniglio, VPH Resident led seven visiting scholars from Ethiopia in the first ever Farm-to-Table event held in Ohio in October-November 2016. This event was one part of a multi-year World Organization for Animal Health - Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Twinning program between the University of Gondar and Ohio State. The primary goal of the Twinning program is to improve Ethiopia’s Veterinary Services.
This intense two-week period focused on exposing Ethiopia’s Professors and Senior Veterinary students to advanced teaching and communication styles as well as veterinary concepts associated with food production principles throughout the food supply chain. The Farm-to-Table event also exposed the visiting scholars to the Veterinary Preventive Medicine Rotation, from the classroom setting to the field environment. Particular focus was placed upon food safety, humane handling and veterinary public health principles. The visit consisted of following food commodities of animal origin from the farm to the table with several visits to farms, production facilities, grocery stores and restaurants.
Planning for the next Farm-to-Table event is currently underway for Summer 2017.