Asia Pacific Consortium of Veterinary Epidemiology (APCOVE) and the Pacific Paravet Training Project
Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Vietnam
What the project will achieve:
At the end of the project, there will be cohort of veterinarians and para-veterinarians across the Indo-Pacific region who are able to work at the animal-human interface to detect, respond, control and prevent animal disease outbreaks and who can collaborate with the human health workforce on disease issues.
How the project will achieve it:
To strengthen the animal health workforce in the target countries the project will be delivered through two pathways: APCOVE targeting veterinarians and the Pacific Paravet Training Project targeting para-veterinarians.
APCOVE will bring together 40 experts from veterinary schools across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Asia-Pacific to design open source, online training modules and case studies, that will be used to train veterinarians in core epidemiological skills. The modules and case studies will teach several of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s Critical Competencies of the Performance of Veterinary Services, building skills in outbreak investigation and response; surveillance and data analysis; risk assessment and disease control; one health and biosecurity and leadership and communication.
Animal health agencies in the target countries will select veterinarians to complete the training and, as part of the training, develop projects to investigate current local animal health issues. Linkages will be established between training programs across countries and to the equivalent programs in human public health to strengthen collaboration at the animal-human health interface.
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National networks of para-veterinarians support the work of the few veterinarians in the Indo-Pacific. The project will also develop para-veterinary training modules to provide refresher training and hands-on skills development in zoonotic diseases, emerging infectious disease prevention, One Health and biosecurity, for existing para-veterinarians and associated animal health workforce in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.
How the project has responded to COVID-19:
In response to COVID-19, the APCOVE project has adjusted some of the content of the training modules to include COVID-19 examples and case studies, where relevant. Some of the APCOVE courses have also shifted from an animal health approach to more emphasis on One Health and are available to both animal and human health professionals.
Lead implementing partner:
University of Sydney (Veterinary Field Epidemiology Lead)
Charles Sturt University - Graham Centre (Paraveterinary Training Lead)
- Various veterinary schools in Australia, New Zealand, the US, South-East Asia and the Pacific.
- Various Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Animal Health in South-East Asia and the Pacific
- World Health Organization
- OIE Animal Health
- Food and Agriculture Organization
- US Centre for Diseases Control
- Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network
- National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health (NCEPH)
For more information:
Project Lead: Associate Professor Navneet Dhand
Contact: Meg Vost
University of Sydney Media Release
Project Lead: Associate Professor Andrew Peters
Contact: Nicola Wunderlich
Graham Centre media release