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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) launches its frst distance learning course

The OIE in collaboration with the Michigan State University, is launching its first distance learning course aimed at increasing overall knowledge and awareness of OIE activities in particular among members of the veterinary profession (including those in private practice and veterinary students). The course will cover all issues relevant to the role of the veterinarian in protecting animal and public health in international trade. It will also indicate how the world community is being kept informed on issues of animal diseases and zoonoses. Members of the veterinary profession, veterinary students, as well as scientists and stakeholders in international trade, will benefit from this course.

The OIE also values a closer contact with those young professionals who will be the strength of the Veterinary Services and the veterinary profession of tomorrow. It has become a tradition within the OIE for its officials to give lectures regularly in different Universities around the world and to offer internships both at the OIE Headquarters in Paris and in the Regional Representations. The most recent action taken by the OIE in this direction is this new collaboration with Michigan State University in offering an Internet-based course which will cover OIE mandate and activities, the global animal health situation and its relationship to international trade in animals and animal products.

This course will also familiarize participants with the history, development and operations of the OIE. Particular emphasis will be given to its role as the organization responsible for setting international standards for terrestrial and aquatic animal health and zoonoses; for disseminating selected scientific information and up to date global animal health reports; it will also provide information on its new mandates on animal welfare, food safety and capacity building in Member Countries.

The course will begin during January 2005. Specific information as to how to participate may be found at http://www.vu.msu.edu/preview/anr-ifl/2002/oie.html or can be obtained by sending an e-mail to verlege3@msu.edu .