Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Improving links between India and Edinburgh
Professor Nat Waran is excited to be travelling to Kochi today, to attend the International VetEd Conference which is focusing on Developing and Embedding a Problem Based Learning Approach in Veterinary Curriculums. The Conference is held in Kochin on 26 and 27 April 2013, and is a collaborative effort between the University of Edinburgh and the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU).
Professor Waran, from the JMICAWE will be giving presentations on ‘Future proofing veterinary education’ and also another one on ‘The use of animals in teaching and research’ to the delegates of the conference, which include many Deans and Professors from 18 Veterinary Colleges within India.
The University of Edinburgh are also delighted that Professor Waran will be available to meet Dr Ashok, the KVASU Vice Chancellor, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Agreement, which has come about after a year long programme of work funded through the British Council’s Higher Education Knowledge Partnership scheme, to help build collaborative relationships between UK and Indian universities. This MoU is a continuation of this one year long project – which is to develop further areas of collaboration including production animal health and welfare, teaching early clinical skills using animal alternatives and computer based learning tools and developing links with wildlife medicine and management.
Animal Welfare Science and Conservation Medicine teaching and research are strength areas for the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. For example, The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, under the directorship of Professor Nat Waran, is a unique facility which is described as a hub of expertise on animal welfare education, collaborating with international partners to advance understanding of animal welfare issues, and has an important role in improving the quality of life for animals through providing information and guidance on education and training in relation to animal welfare, for up-skilling the veterinary profession. Whilst The Exotic Animal and Wildlife Centre, under the leadership of Dr Anna Meredith is a Centre of expertise on conservation medicine and wildlife health and welfare.
It is hoped that this MoU will provide both parties with opportunities for student and staff exchange for research and teaching and to help develop expertise in these areas in Kerala.
Further information on both the JMICAWE and Wildlife & Conservation Medicine are available on www.ed.ac.uk/vet .