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RVC and EC Collaborate for Control of FMD

05 July 2013

EU - The Royal Veterinary College has recently entered into a new collaboration with the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD).

The EuFMD is a commission of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), specialising in supporting member countries in the European region to prevent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD). Part of the EuFMD’s role is to provide training in diagnosis, epidemiology and control of the disease to veterinarians and stakeholders from member states, and further afield.

The EuFMD will collaborate with the RVC’s e-Media and Distance Learning departments to develop and evaluate a new online learning environment that will deliver innovative online learning courses to veterinarians around the world. Online learning provides an effective way of providing training to participants geographically distant from each other and the project will focus on developing interactive, media rich content that can be readily translated into multiple languages.

The first phase of the project has involved developing an online induction course for the EuFMD’s “Real Time Training” courses, which involve practical recognition of disease and outbreak investigation and are held in countries with endemic FMD, currently Kenya and Nepal. Attendees include government veterinarians and stakeholders from countries free of FMD, who are trained alongside colleagues from the host country’s veterinary services. The addition of an online preparatory course has allowed improved “hands on” experience during the practical course itself.

Find out more about the work of the EuFMD on their website.


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