About 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 backyard poultry sector for subsistence has turned into poultry industry, cattle raising for ploughing land has completely been replaced by agricultural mechanization and a strong commercial dairy farming is emerging.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. On the other hand, 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 crossroad 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. The Department of Livestock Services and FAO ECTAD are jointly implementing a project “Improvement of food security and public health through strengthening veterinary services and controlling emerging infectious diseases throughout Bangladesh.” One of the expected outputs of this project is “the competencies of veterinary workforce improved for provision of technically sound advice and services”. For achieving this output technical supports are being provided 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. Organizing a national conference of continuing education (CE) for the practicing veterinarians and allied professionals like animal husbandry graduates is a part of this initiative.
Continuing Education is a process by which a professional keep themselves up-to-date with advances in their professional field as well as maintain and enhance 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. CE 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. CE has become mandatory for veterinary profession in many countries.
Department of Livestock Services (DLS), National Veterinary Dean Council (NVDC), Bangladesh Veterinary Council (BVC) and Bangladesh Veterinary Association (BVA), with the technical support from FAO ECTAD, jointly formed a quadripartite forum that organizes the CE conference for veterinarians and animal husbandry professionals (CEVET) in Bangladesh. Following the two successful CE events in 2017 and 2018, the quadripartite forum is going to organize the third CEVET conference during 16 to 18 November 2019 at the Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Resort, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Reputed national and international experts will deliver lectures.
Approximately 600 to 700 veterinarians and other allied professionals like Animal Husbandry graduates from the government and on-government organizations, private sectors, academic and research institutes are expected to attend on payment of a registration fee.
The conference will have inaugural and plenary sessions followed by several parallel sessions on the following five areas over three days. More than 40 hours of CE will be available in the following areas:
- Poultry Health and Production;
- Dairy Health Production;
- Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery;
- Wildlife Health and Management (Zoo focus);
- Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health