The fourth OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education took place at the Dusit Thani Hotel, in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 to 24 June 2016. A total of 390 participants comprising Directors of Veterinary Services (OIE Delegates), Deans and Heads of boards from Veterinary Educational Establishments (VEE), university lecturers, veterinary practitioners and staff of international organisations from 90 OIE Member Countries attended the meeting. Of these, there were 23 African countries, namely: Algeria, Botswana, Chad, Congo (Rep. of the), Congo (Dem. Rep. of the), Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates, Dr. Botlhe Michael Modisane (South Africa).
Picture (c) Communication Unit (oie) 2016
The conference, convened by the OIE in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, was financially supported by the European Union (EU); the Government of the United Kingdom; the Government of Canada; Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (USA); Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (USA); the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC); and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand.
The conference theme was “Learning today, preserving our future” and had an overall objective of strengthening global veterinary education for sustainable improvement of public and private sector components of veterinary services. It was presided over by Dr Michael Botlhe Modisane, the President of the World Assembly of Delegates and OIE Delegate for South Africa, Dr Monique Eloit, the Director General of the OIE and Dr Ayuth Harintraranon, the Director General of the Department of Livestock Development, Thailand. The conference was officially opened by Mr. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Thailand.
The conference was structured around four main sessions:
All sessions were completed with panel discussions.
Following three days of fruitful discussions, the conference made recommendations to the Veterinary Authorities of the OIE member countries and to the OIE. These were circulated to participants for further inputs and will be posted on this website shortly