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UC Davis Veterinarians Continue Collaboration with Chinese University

December 1, 2014

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Nanjing Agriculture University, China

Three veterinarians from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) recently traveled to China to continue their collaboration with Nanjing Agriculture University (NAU) to bring continuing education (CE) seminars to one of China’s largest veterinary schools. The second International Small Animal Practitioners Symposium trained a sold-out, limited-enrollment audience at NAU in Emergency/Critical Care and Oncology.

Drs. Angela Borchers, Karl Jandrey and Michael Kent hosted 50 practicing small animal veterinarians and veterinary students in a four-day focused conference aimed to foster close ties across the Pacific, while offering new knowledge to improve their practice in a rapidly expanding facet of veterinary medicine in China. With lectures, case-based discussions, and microscope laboratories, the UC Davis faculty worked through interpreters to deliver their specialty content.

This is the second in a series of CE events held at NAU. Since becoming director of UC Davis’ Center for Continuing Professional Education, Dr. Jandrey is committed to bringing more CE events to underserved and developing regions of the world. Planning has begun for the third and fourth symposiums, to be held at NAU in 2015. The 2015 events will focus on Emergency/Critical Care in January and Ophthalmology in October.

There is also interest to build a program on the Davis campus for a small group of Chinese veterinarians to enhance their skills, using the facilities and expertise present within the SVM. UC Davis is viewed as the premier veterinary institution by the Chinese veterinary profession, and many Chinese veterinarians are eager to travel to California to train at the school.

“Any collaboration with the SVM is viewed with great respect and excitement in China,” said Dr. Jandrey. “We are pleased to be seen as the premier venue for the best veterinary information, and are happy to enhance their practice with CE so they can deliver better care.”

Several Chinese veterinarians also raised interest in submitting pathology samples to UC Davis, as the SVM’s world-class laboratories can be utilized by clients throughout the world.

The CE seminar comes on the heels of another UC Davis visit to NAU. Just prior to the seminar, several members of the SVM faculty, including Dean Michael Lairmore, traveled to NAU for the One Health Food Safety Symposium, as academia and government discussed the importance of a global education system to address the challenges of food safety in the 21st century.