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Ingrid Arias
World Organisation for Animal Health
12 rue de Prony
75017 Paris, France
i.arias@oie.int

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Introduction

Strengthening Veterinary Education worldwide is a key to the sustainable improvement of public and private sector components of Veterinary Services (VS), the quality of which is a global public good.
In this era of globalization, all countries depend on the performance of their VS to successfully implement their animal production, aquaculture and food safety policies, and for effective prevention and control of any biological disasters. Veterinarians, as the professionals who are responsible for this important mission, should be well trained not only for animal health and welfare, but also for veterinary public health. This includes the veterinary contribution to food safety and zoonotic disease control, the importance of which is reconfirmed by the recent occurrences of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Ebola epidemic as well as avian influenza, which have been bringing serious consequences to human health.
With the valuable contribution of the Department of Livestock Development (as National Veterinary Authority) of the Kingdom of Thailand, the 4th OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education will be held in Bangkok on 22–24 June 2016. This Conference will address ways to further improve the quality of the veterinary profession globally, through encouraging worldwide harmonisation of veterinary education based on OIE guidelines focusing on global Public Good aspects of the veterinary activities. The discussions will extend to the need for closer collaboration between Veterinary Authorities (VAs), Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) and Veterinary Education Establishments (VEEs). It will also take up the importance both of veterinarians’ capacity to better face challenges not necessarily within the domain of veterinary science alone, and also of the availability of various innovative teaching methods.
The 1st OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education (Paris, France, 2009) identified the need for the development of minimum competencies expected of all graduate veterinarians in all countries in both private and public components of the VS. To this end, the OIE convened an ad hoc Group on Veterinary Education in 2010 with the support of selected VEE Deans from the five continents.
The 2nd OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education (Lyon, France, 2011) endorsed the work of the OIE on the recommended core (minimum) curriculum to address day 1 competencies, emphasized the role of VSBs and encouraged the OIE to develop the concept of twinning in the field of veterinary education.
The 3rd OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education and the role of Veterinary Statutory Bodies (Foz de Iguazu, Brazil, 2013) addre
ssed, in addition to the need for better quality and harmoni
sation of veterinary education worldwide, the essential role of VSBs in supporting better veterinary education and in regulating veterinarians and veterinary para-professionals to ensure their professional quality and ethical standards.

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Publications
Competencies of graduating veterinarians
Veterinary education for global animal and public health
Scientific & Technical Review 28 (2)
Evolving veterinary education for a safer world