Monday, 9 November 2015

Improving welfare in Vietnamese Veterinary Education

Last week Heather of the JMICAWE made a return visit to the Hanoi National University of Agriculture, a longterm collaborator with the JMICAWE.  Heather first visited the University in 2012 to co-deliver a National workshop on Veterinary Education alongside Professor Natalie Waran and RVN Hayley Walters of the JMICAWE, and funded by Animals Asia. Since them she’s also visited to discuss curriculum reviews and the use of animals in education.  This visit included discussion of ongoing animal welfare research at the university on different housing systems for pigs, and delivery of Animal welfare lectures to over 200 veterinary and animal science students. Heather also met with lecturers who are currently proposing a curriculum review and wanting to move away from traditional didactic learning to more innovative methods, including, where possible, phasing out the use of animals in teaching.

Speaking from Vietnam Heather said “It’s been really exciting to see the developments at HNAU over the past few years. The progressive and collaborative approach of the staff here mean that effective animal welfare education is a reality for many Vietnamese veterinary and animal science students, and I look forward to the proposed changes and future research and educational collaborations

Rare native breed ‘Dragon’ Chickens so called for their large feet at HNAU

Heather with students at HNAU



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