2nd Continuing Education (CE) Conference for the Veterinarians of Bangladesh
The veterinary profession in Bangladesh is passing through a phase of dramatic change in its size, diversity and societal needs. Over the last two decades, number of veterinary schools has increased from one to ten, the number of new graduates produced per year has increased from fifty, twenty years ago to nearly five hundred, a subsistence backyard poultry sector has turned into poultry industry, cattle raising for ploughing land has completely been replaced by agricultural mechanization and a strong commercial dairy farming is emerging. With increased urbanization, the number of companion animals in cities and towns has been increasing at an unprecedented rate. Above all, intensification of livestock production systems has been contributing to the emergence of new pathogens and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) that are of huge public health concern. All those changes have put an immense pressure on the veterinary profession to fulfill the societal needs for providing competent professional services. While professional competency earned through graduation from the university was once thought to be enough to serve the society, it is no more acceptable to clients and society as a whole and the demand for improved and competent professional services is now more than ever before. In this cross-road of veterinary profession, maintaining status-quo is certainly not the way forward. Change in all fronts of the profession is inevitable if it is to survive with its all nobilities.
In order to bring changes, academic institutions, veterinary services and the regulatory bodies need to work together to face the challenges of the profession. Improvement of food security and public health through strengthening veterinary services and controlling emerging infectious diseases throughout Bangladesh, a project jointly being implemented by the Department of Livestock Services and FAO ECTAD is one of the initiatives towards that goal. Competencies of veterinary workforce improved for provision of technically sound advice and services is one of the outputs of this project under which provision has been made for providing technical support to all veterinary schools, the Department of Livestock Services, and the Bangladesh Veterinary Council to improve veterinary curricula, teaching and learning practices, establish continual education programme for the practicing veterinarians and introducing appropriate national veterinary accreditation system. While activities are being undertaken to improve veterinary undergraduate education and introduce a national veterinary accreditation system, an initiative has been taken to organize a national conference of continuing education (CE) for the practicing veterinarians, the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
Continuing Education is a process by which a veterinarian keeps up-to-date with advances in his/her professional field as well as maintaining and increasing competence. It is equally applicable to specialists as to the practitioner or the person in any other branch of the profession. It is recognized that much of the knowledge is gained through experience, however participation in CE implies going further than relying solely on experience and means active attendance at meetings, courses or the use of the increasing number of self-motivational programmes using information technology. Globally, there has been a general upsurge of CE in many professions including veterinary profession. A mandatory approach to CE for veterinary profession has also been adopted in many countries, but it is not yet mandatory in Bangladesh. However, the Department of Livestock Services, the Bangladesh Veterinary Council, and the National Veterinary Dean Council, with technical support from FAO ECTAD, have jointly formed a tripartite forum to convene the first CE conference for veterinarians in Bangladesh.
1st CE Veterinary Conference successfully took place in 2017 and got a huge response from the Vets and animal husbandry graduates. In light of that, this year’s 2nd CEVETBD Conference is going to be organized from 24-26 November 2018 by adding Bangladesh Veterinary Association (BVA) to the original tripartite forum to form a quadripartite forum. In addition to the previous year’s topics, this year there will be new topics added to cover.
The following four themes have been identified for the Conference:
- Poultry Health and Production;
- Herd Health and Reproductive Health;
- Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery;
- Wildlife Health (Zoo focus) and Epidemiology;
The purpose of the CE Conference are as follows:
- To maintain and advance professional performance;
- To encourage the advancement of knowledge;
- To improve the knowledge base (propositional knowledge), improve competence/skills base. Improve cognitive and learning skills (process knowledge);
- To reassure the public for providing competent veterinary services;
- Veterinarians and animal husbandry graduates working in the government veterinary services;
- Veterinarians and animal husbandry graduates working in the poultry & dairy industry, pharmaceutical industries;
- Veterinarians and animal husbandry graduates working in the NGOs;
- Veterinarians and animal husbandry graduates involved in mixed and specialized practices;
- Veterinarians and animal husbandry graduates working in the academia and research;
- Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Interns;
- It is expected that nearly 600 participants from different sectors will attend the meeting;
- Professional performance, knowledge, competences and skills of the participants advanced;
- Participants adequately motivated about the benefit of CE;
- A road-map of future CE programme developed;
Venue: Cox’s Bazar
Date: 24 – 26 November 2018