Monday, 17 June 2013

China Agricultural University (CAU) - making a difference.

During the last week of May, Hayley Walters and Heather Bacon of the JMICAWE travelled to the China Agricultural University (CAU), China’s premier veterinary school, in Beijing.

Invited by Dr Jin of the surgical teaching team, they trained staff and students in the use of alternatives to animals in surgical training. Dr Jin has already made excellent progress in this area – reducing the numbers of dogs and rabbits used for elective surgical training in his course from 80 to 18 each year. In addition to improved clinical training experiences in suturing, ligature-tying, anaesthesia and pain assessment, we also discussed wider applications of animal welfare and its application across the veterinary curriculum. The trip was made possible due to travel funding and materials donation by Animals Asia.

As the number one veterinary school in China, CAU is well recognised as having excellent training facilities. It is hoped that through partnership with JMICAWE and the R(D)SVS, excellence in teaching animal welfare and its practical applications to the clinical environment may be integrated.

The teaching team (l-r) Hui Wang, Heather Bacon, Dr Aren Jin, Hayley Walters, with a range of models donated by Animals Asia

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