ProgRESSVet is an online educational initiative that works to increase the capacity of veterinary services in collaboration with partner countries.
Since 2016, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) has been developing training initiatives around the globe designed to increase the capacity of the veterinary services, through the Programa Regional de Educación Sistemática de Servicios Veterinarios (ProgRESSVet). The program has been implemented in Latin America, East Africa, and Vietnam.
ProgRESSVet Latin America
ProgRESSVet-Latin America was founded in 2016. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) at the University of Minnesota and the Centro Buenos Aires para la Capacitación de los Servicios Veterinarios (CEBASEV), the designated Collaborating Centers of the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) in the Americas.
The primary objective of ProgRESSVet is to create and implement a training program, delivered predominantly online, to enhance the capabilities of human resources of the veterinary services in Latin America. The program is based upon the OIE’s advanced competencies for veterinary service professionals, and seeks to enhance both the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced practice in veterinary services. Beyond individual and group training, ProgRESSVet is aligned with the OIE’s objectives of making accessible, promoting, and sustaining measures for regional development.
Through this program, between 2016-2018 CAHFS worked with 20 veterinary professionals from six countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
ProgRESSVet East Africa
In April 2019, CAHFS was awarded $1.5 million over three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and implement education and training programs in Kenya and Uganda. The training programs will target the animal health and veterinary workforce in both the public and private sectors. The goal is to improve local, national, and regional practices for animal health, and promote access to international trade markets for sustainable local development.
Participants undertake four months of online training, and then work in teams for the duration of the year to develop funding proposals to support improved pathways for the trade of animals and animal products.
The program launched with cohort 1 in January 2020 with 15 veterinarians participating in each country. Cohort 2 began in November 2020, and cohort 3 is expected to take place starting in mid 2021.
ProgRESSVet-Vietnam is an educational initiative focused on the control and prevention of African swine fever (ASF), developed for the veterinary services of Vietnam with funding from the Swine Health Information Center. This initiative is currently in development with plans for implementation in 2021.