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OIE Collaborating Center

Since 2006, CAHFS has served as an OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) collaborating center in veterinary services capacity-building. This distinction recognizes CAHFS’ role in strengthening scientific and technical expertise and veterinary knowledge on a global scale.

CAHFS OIE emblem

What is an OIE collaborating center?

OIE collaborating centers form an international network of institutions from private and academic sectors that share research and expertise with OIE member countries. Each collaborating center specializes in a specific area of animal health. CAHFS's specialty is veterinary services capacity building. Click here for a full list of OIE collaborating centers.

What kinds of activities has CAHFS undertaken as an OIE collaborating center? 

CAHFS delivers programs in leadership development, technical skills, and policy-making to strengthen veterinary capacity. Individual programs are delivered through a variety of formats to early and mid-career professionals in government, universities, and the private sector. [add link]

CAHFS' most recent initiative is the veterinary twinning project. The twinning project represents a partnership between The University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

The Twinning program involves strengthening curricula, augmenting teaching skills, and exchanging faculty and students between the two schools. The principle underlying twinning is that improved veterinary education will lead to strengthened veterinary service capacities in both Thailand and the United States.

Other OIE veterinary collaborating centers:

  • Argentina - Centro Buenos Aires para la Capacitación de los Servicios Veterinarios
  • France - Ecole interne de VetAgro Sup
  • Italy - Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "G. Caporale"


 PMAC OIE 7 men
The architects of the twinning project at PMAC in Bangkok in January 2013. From left: Dr. Lertrak Srikitjakarn, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University; Dr. Joe Annelli, Director, One Health Collaborating Center, APHIS Veterinary Services, US Department of Agriculture; Dr. Bernard Vallat, Director General, World Organization for Animal Health; Dr. Yukol Limlaemthong, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives; Dr.Trevor Ames, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota; Dr. Tristadee Chaosuancharoen, Director General, Department of Livestock Development; Dr. Will Hueston, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota and OIE Collaborating Center for Veterinary Services Capacity-Building
2011 OIE Collaborating Center Annual Report
2012 OIE Collaborating Center Annual Report


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