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Veterinary Education Twinning - University of Minnesota and Chiang Mai University

July 2013 - The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota has been chosen to lead the first World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Veterinary Education Twinning program with Chiang Mai University of Thailand. This twinning program exemplifies CAHFS outreach programs focused on capacity-building at the interfaces of animal, public, and environmental health.
The twinning program aims to improve veterinary education in both colleges by ensuring that students learn critical 'Day 1 Competencies’ that are indispensable in preventing the spread of many zoonotic diseases. The twinning program also will address advanced competencies for those post-graduate veterinarians wishing to pursue a career in public and private components of National Veterinary Services.

The two veterinary schools will start by comparing their curricula, to identify gaps based on OIE guidelines. Graduate and residency training programs will be reviewed in the context of the advanced competencies.

 OIE Collaborating Center

The College of Veterinary Medicine has been selected as an OIE collaborating center. Click here to learn more.
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Funds will support the two schools work to close existing gaps by development of new coursework, online teaching modules and teaching skills workshops. Funds also will support student and faculty exchanges between the two institutions to share teaching approaches and learn from each other’s experiences.

The twinning program uses a collaborative capacity building approach to enhance the ability of veterinarians to prevent the spread of animal disease, identify and quickly respond to new and emerging diseases, and improve food safety.

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

 For more information

For more information on the twinning project, please contact:
Dr. Will Hueston,, 612-624-6772
Dr. Karin Hamilton,

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