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. Spring 2018;45(1):38-42.
doi: 10.3138/jvme.1016-165R. Epub 2017 Aug 10.

Challenges in Preparing Veterinarians for Global Animal Health: Understanding the Public Sector

Challenges in Preparing Veterinarians for Global Animal Health: Understanding the Public Sector

Paul J Hollier et al. J Vet Med Educ. .


Understanding of global systems is essential for veterinarians seeking to work in realms outside of their national domain. In the global system, emphasis remains on the public sector, and the current curricular emphasis in developed countries is on private clinical practice for the domestic employment market. There is a resulting lack of competency at graduation for effective engagement internationally. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has created standards for public sector operations in animal health, which must be functional to allow for sustainable development. This public sector, known as the Veterinary Services, or VS, serves to control public good diseases, and once effectively built and fully operational, allows for the evolution of a functional private sector, focused on private good diseases. Until the VS is fully functional, support of private good services is non-sustainable and any efforts delivered are not long lasting. As new graduates opt for careers working in the international development sector, it is essential that they understand the OIE guidelines to help support continuing improvement. Developing global veterinarians by inserting content into the veterinary curriculum on how public systems can operate effectively could markedly increase the potential of our professional contributions globally, and particularly in the areas most in need.

Keywords: Performance of Veterinary Services; World Organisation for Animal Health; global animal health; public good; veterinary services.

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