The University of Edinburgh has signed an agreement with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) that will see both parties collaborate on innovative veterinary research and educational programmes.
The agreement - the first between the CVMA and a UK university - will also seek to promote and strengthen the role of the vet in China, particularly in the area of animal welfare.
Prof Natalie Waran, Jeanne Marchig Professor of Animal Welfare Education at the University of Edinburgh, said: "This historic agreement, which draws upon the University of Edinburgh's expertise in animal health and welfare research, will promote and support the development of continuing veterinary education in China.
"Along with the CVMA, we hope to develop dynamic educational expertise to enhance veterinary education - not only training Chinese veterinarians to meet the challenges of a changing and globalised profession, but also promoting animal welfare in the veterinary curriculum to ensure public safety and reduce epidemics."
The agreement forms part of a collaboration between the CVMA and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, which opened in 2011 and is part of the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
The collaboration also aims to promote and support innovation in postgraduate veterinary education in China. It will also draw upon expertise in international animal welfare from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare.
The centre's researchers collaborate with international partners to advance understanding of animal welfare issues, and aim to facilitate the highest standards of animal welfare training through collaboration with professional bodies and other academic institutions around the world.