CAVME,Tottori University,GIFU University,KYOTO SANGYO University Tottori University,GIFU University,KYOTO SANGYO University,(The Consortium of Animal & Veterinary Medical Education) Tottori University,GIFU University,KYOTO SANGYO University,(The Consortium of Animal & Veterinary Medical Education)

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Program for the Support of Strategic University Collaboration towards University Education Enhancement

This program aims to promote active collaboration between public and private universities, to elevate the standard of education and research in local centers of scholarship by the effective utilization of educational and research resources at each university, to ensure the quality of education, to clarify characteristics in order to categorize functions and mutually supplement each other, to strengthen the foundation of university administration, and to promote talent together with localities.

Summary of Program (Purpose)

[Background]

Many of the emerging/reemerging infectious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which shook the entire world, and the currently observed Avian Influenza are zoonoses, and it is known that wild animals are the causes. With this background, the “Act on Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Medical Care for Patients Suffering Infectious Diseases” was revised, and measures against zoonoses have progressed through the collaboration between medicine and veterinary medicine. However, education in response to the concern in society due to SARS and the Avian Influenza has not been adequate, in neither medicine nor veterinary medicine.

Also, there is not enough veterinary education that targets wild animals and there is absolutely no social science education regarding crisis management, administrational response and economic loss management that is essential when dealing with infectious wild animals. On another note, the “Act on Welfare and Management of Animals,” which established the foundation for animal welfare and protection, was revised twice in response to changes in recent social conditions and needs.

The Act on Welfare and Management of Animals targets not only companion animals but also industrial animals, exhibition animals and wild animals. In the 2005 revision the official title of “Animal Welfare Promoter” was added. As can be seen, the need for “connection between society and animals” is increasing dynamically, and cultivating specialists that can respond to this need is a social problem.

The Faculty of Agriculture of Tottori University and the Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences of Gifu University have both worked over the years on cultivating veterinarians. Furthermore, both universities conduct education themed around zoonoses and environmental conservation, via the Avian Zoonoses Research Center, the Research Center for Wildlife Management, and the COE Program “Evaluation of Environment Condition based on Ecology and Pathology of Wild Animals,” etc. Also, Kyoto Sangyo University opened the Avian Influenza Research Center in 2007 aimed to entirely exterminate the Avian Influenza, and in 2010 will start the new Faculty of Life Science, Department of Animal Medical Sciences. Furthermore, Kyoto Sangyo University already has an established foundation for social science education, with 6 faculties in the subject (Economics, Business Administration, Law, Cultural Studies, Science, and Computer Science).

With the above background, the Consortium of Animal &Veterinary Medical Education—a collaboration between the three universities, including the social science field—aims to combine veterinary medicine, environmental conservation and social science to create a new educational structure for contributing to safety and security in society. The purpose of this project is to cultivate acutely needed advanced personnel for eliminating social concern caused by wild animals and livestock.

Summary of Program (Content)

[Purpose]

Specifically, lectures prepared collaboratively will be held at each university simultaneously and interactively, using a multi-point distance class system. Furthermore, faculty and students will rotate and perform characteristic as well as foundational lectures, training and exercises. The goals and possible educational contents are listed below.

Goals:
1. Organize social technology education necessary for safety and security in society, in the animal and veterinary medicine field.
2. Cultivate advanced personnel to contribute to safety and security in society.
3. Create a new veterinary education compatible to society’s needs.

Educational Contents:
1. Strengthening of the foundation of veterinary medicine
2. Education regarding zoonoses
3. Education regarding environmental conservation
4. Education regarding animal welfare and protection
5. Social science education related to animal and veterinary medicine

[Structure]

Tottori University acts as the representative university, and will establish a Collaborative Education Committee by choosing members from each university. Subgroups will include the Planning &Administration Committee, Public Relations Committee and Internal Evaluation Committee.

In the final year of the project, an external evaluation will be conducted, and then an External Evaluation Committee will be created.

The Planning &Administration Committee will draft the collaborative education plan, and will be responsible for operating the collaborative education, including preparation of the multi-point distance class system.

The Public Relations Committee will promote publicity via website and brochures, in order to give results of the project back to society.

The Internal Evaluation Committee will be in charge of annual evaluations. The Collaborative Education Committee will oversee these committees, and will discuss the shared core curriculum for strengthening collaboration in the future.

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