The veterinary profession in Bangladesh is experiencing a transition in its magnitude, multiplicity, and public needs. The quantity of veterinary schools has amplified from one to thirteen in the previous two decades. The graduation of new veterinarians per year has rocketed from fifty, twenty years ago, to nearly one thousand. At the field level, the farming pattern and practices also transformed dramatically: Backyard poultry farming for subsistence has turned into a poultry industry, cattle raising for plowing land has been substituted by agricultural mechanization and strong commercial dairy farming is being emerged. With increased urbanization, the number of companion animals in cities and towns has been increasing at an unprecedented rate. Intensification of livestock production systems, however, has been contributing to the emergence of new pathogens and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – a huge public health concern. These transformations have put immense pressure on the veterinary profession to fulfill the societal needs for ensuring competent professional services. While professional competency earned through graduation from the university was once thought to be adequate to oblige the society, increasing public demand for improved and competent professional services expresses the need for continuing education for the professional. In this crossroad of the veterinary career, upholding the status-quo is certainly not the way forward. Change in all frontages of the profession is predictable if it is to survive with its all nobilities.
To embrace the challenges in the changing community, academic institutions, veterinary services, and regulatory bodies need to work together for the profession. The Department of Livestock Services and FAO Bangladesh 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 the 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 a continuing education program for the practicing veterinarians, and introducing appropriate national veterinary accreditation system. Furthermore, technical supports has been offered to the established Bangladesh College of Veterinary Surgeons (BCVS). Organizing a national conference of continuing education (CE) for practicing veterinarians and allied professionals like animal husbandry graduates is a part of this initiative.
CE is a practice by which a professional keep themselves up-to-date with the progress in their professional field as well as preserve and boost competence. It is equally applicable to experts as to the practitioner or the person in any profession. Much of the knowledge is gained through experience or practices; however, participation in CE implies learning from other sources rather than relying solely on experience. CE implies active attendance at meetings, courses, or the use of the increasing number of self-motivational programs using information technology. Globally there has been a general upsurge of CE in many professions including veterinary medicine. A mandatory approach to CE for the veterinary profession has also been adopted in many countries. Recently, the Department of Livestock Services also encouraged professionals to obtain CE credits.
Department of Livestock Services, National Veterinary Dean Council, Bangladesh Veterinary Council, Bangladesh Veterinary Association and, newly established Bangladesh College of Veterinary Surgeons with the technical support from FAO ECTAD, jointly formed a pent partite forum that will organize the CE conference for veterinarians and animal husbandry professionals (CEVET) in Bangladesh. Following the three successful CE events from 2017-2019, the forum is going to organize the 4th CEVET conference from 19 to 23 December 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum has decided to organize the event virtually in the webinar format. Reputed national and international experts will deliver lectures in the virtual event. The conference will have inaugural and plenary sessions along with sessions with different thematic areas. The programs of different days will focus on different thematic areas: Day-1 (19 December 2020): Plenary Day; Day-2 (20 December 2020): Dairy day; Day-3 (21 December 2020): Poultry day; Day-4 (22 December 2020): Epidemiology and One Health Day and Day-5 (23 December 2020): Companion and Zoo animal day. The conference will be inaugurated on 19 December 2020 at 6.30 PM Bangladesh time (GMT+6). On each day, three to four talks will be between 6.30 PM-9.30 PM Bangladesh times. More than 15 hours of CE will be offered in the virtual session.
Approximately 1000 veterinarians and other allied professionals like animal husbandry graduates from the government and non-government organizations, private sectors, academic and research institutes along with postgraduate and undergraduate students from all the veterinary schools are expected to attend on payment of a registration fee. Furthermore, for the first time, CE credits will be offered to the participants from the Bangladesh College of Veterinary Surgeons with technical support from the FAO Bangladesh.
19-23 December 2020