August 01, 2013

 

 East meets West, again

Posted July 17, 2013

 

 


Yuan Leilei and Dr. Wang Qingbo of the Chinese VMA
 
A delegation representing China’s veterinary profession spent two weeks this spring in the United States as guests of the AVMA, learning how the world’s largest veterinary organization operates.
 
The AVMA hosted Dr. Wang Qingbo and Yuan Leilei of the Chinese VMA and their translators May 27-June 10 at Association headquarters in Illinois in an ongoing effort to strengthen ties between the two professional associations.

It was the fourth time U.S. and Chinese veterinary officials have met since 2009 when AVMA CEO Ron DeHaven was a guest speaker at the fledgling association’s inaugural meeting in Beijing (see JAVMA, Feb. 1, 2010). Two years later, the AVMA Executive Board signed off on a proposal to host two ChVMA staff members as a way of advancing organized veterinary medicine and animal care in China.

Dr. Wang and Yuan are deputy secretaries-general of the ChVMA; Yuan works also for the China Animal Disease Control Center. Accompanying them were translators Jason Li and Bo Liu. They recently completed preveterinary training at Kansas State University and will start the DVM-degree program this August.



Dr. Wang Qingbo, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese VMA, addresses the AVMA Executive Board.
 
The Chinese delegation spent much of their time with AVMA staff and officers who explained the broad range of Association operations and member programs, such as political advocacy, veterinary college accreditation, and publication of the JAVMA and AJVR. They attended the Executive Board’s June meeting, where AVMA President Douglas G. Aspros presented Dr. Wang with a copy of the book commemorating the Association’s 150th anniversary.

Dr. Wang gave a presentation for AVMA staff on his nation’s veterinary profession. China is home to around 1 million veterinarians, he said, most of them government employees working in the livestock industry, although private companion animal practices are on the rise. Each year, approximately 20,000 students graduate from veterinary schools in China, 80 percent of them female.

Speaking to JAVMA News, Dr. Wang expressed his desire for more contact between the ChVMA and AVMA for the betterment of human and animal health. “‘One health’ isn’t limited to China or America; it’s worldwide,” he said.

The AVMA’s guests weren’t the only ones who benefited from the visit, according to Dr. Beth Sabin, AVMA associate director for international affairs and diversity initiatives. “We all learned that, although there are certainly differences between the associations—after all, the AVMA is 150 years old, whereas the ChVMA is not quite five years old—both associations care deeply about advancing animal and human health through the promotion of the veterinary profession,” Dr. Sabin said.