The third annual meeting of the Deans of the Southern and Eastern Africa Association of Veterinary Educational Establishments (SEAAVEE), financially supported by the OIE in collaboration with the University of Pretoria was held from 17-18 February 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Eleven (11) Deans from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe addressed the need and strategies for high quality veterinary education.
Among the issues discussed were potential twinning projects in Southern and Eastern Africa using the OIE Twinning Projects for Veterinary Educational Establishments and adopt the recommendations from the OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education and the Role of the Veterinary Statutory Body (Brazil, 2013). The meeting came up with recommendations amongst them concrete plans to formally establish SEAAVEE as a legal entity with statutes with the goal to harmonise and support curricular development and mutual recognition of veterinary training within their members.
Group Photo. Picture © Fernando Maia (Angola) 2014
The collaborations and partnerships between the VEEs will hugely benefit from the fact that all the 11 Southern and Eastern African OIE Member Countries have been subjected to the PVS Evaluation with majority having Gap Analysis carried out. Therefore when reviewing veterinary curricular in line with OIE Standards and Recommendations on the Competencies of graduating veterinarians (“Day 1 graduates”), OIE Guidelines on Veterinary Education Core Curriculum, they also address the gaps and respond to national strategies.
The Deans also participated in the official launch of the African Veterinary Information Portal (AfriVIP), an Open Education Resource of the on-line platform hosted by the OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management, University of Pretoria.
All pictures © N. Mapitse (oie) 2014, except where mentioned otherwise