“SAPUVETNET II: new  approaches to Veterinary Public Health (the way forward)”

EU_ALFA Project n. II-0438-A  (contract n. AML/B7-311/97/0666/II_0438-A9)


Activities of the SAPUVET II project will concentrate on the following areas:

a. Consolidation of the established SAPUVET network with the participation of 6 Latin-American and 4 European Veterinary Faculties (4 project meetings, 4 bilateral visits);

b. Further curriculum development/harmonisation in the field of Animal Production and Veterinary Public Health (VPH/AP);

c. Expansion of the initiated training modules in VPH/AP, regarding the role of veterinarians in disasters, animal welfare, and development of a training course on major aspects of VPH regarding international trade;

d. Experimenting with further innovative teaching methodologies, and/or fine-tuning those currently used;

e. Evaluate the impact of the developed training modules/courses

f. Facilitate the exchange of researcher, teachers, as well as students;

g. Organising an international e-Conference on “Veterinary Public Health and Animal Production in the 21st Century”

h. Dissemination of network activities and products


As already anticipated in the SAPUVET background info, the trade globalisation in animals & animal products has required new health restrictions at national and international level. These trade requirements/restrictions, which are being continuously imposed, have proved quite efficient in preventing the spread of animal and zoonotic diseases, and in assuring safety/quality of animal products for human consumption. Most Latin-American countries rely on the export of animal products as an important contribution to their national economy. The professional role of veterinarians dealing with animal production and food of animal origin processing has undergone rapid changes over the last years. Therefore, governments have started to understand the need for a “new veterinarian”, who should be able to work in the field of preventive medicine, dealing with upcoming Animal Production & Veterinary Public Health (VPH/AP) subjects. The ongoing curricular revisions for the new veterinarian profile are having tremendous impact on the education provided by the Veterinary Faculties world-wide. Some faculties of the SAPUVET I network have already adopted the necessary curricular changes for training “new international veterinarians”. During the proposed SAPUVETNET II project, further strengthening of the activities toward curricular revision/harmonisation and continuing  education in VPH/AP is foreseen.


The creation of a Network in the area of VPH/AP (SAPUVETNET) during the SAPUVET  project has created a solid base for the cooperation and understanding of the different partners involved in the network. The harmonisation and development of (veterinary) curricula in this specific field has been initiated and will be further expanded during SAPUVETNET II. All the participants in the former SAPUVETNET are responsible for the management of teaching and research on VPH/AP in 5 Latin-American (Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua and Peru) and 3 European (Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) Veterinary Faculties. The participation of two new Institutions/Faculties, one from Europe (Portugal) and one from Latin-America (Bolivia) will further increase the size of network. The communication among the network members will continue through the established SAPUVETNET list-server. The activities to be further developed during this project will be accessible through the established Website ( to be further developed  and improved (, and to be eventually re-allocated to the new co-ordinating partner (DPAEE/UNITO). The network will further develop -over a two year period- new training modules on important areas of VPH/AP related to international trade, on risk assessment, and will further expand and test highly innovative module on the role of veterinarians during emergency/disasters situations. The envisaged modules will have an important impact on the contents and teaching of VPH/AP in the participating institutions. Besides the well-established veterinary faculties, three of the Latin-American and one of the European partner faculties have been created within the last 6 years. Two of these ones (Nicaragua and Peru) belong to Universities with strong medical faculties, and play an important role especially in the field of Veterinary Public Health due to this close links. The network has already had important exchanges regarding lecturers and students that have provided valuable links and experiences amongst the different faculties of the network. The introduction of the problem solving approach and the design of case studies has already resulted in the design/development of the first joint teaching module.


The identified training needs during SAPUVET have been only partially addressed during the development of SAPUVET Module I. During this new phase of the project, further areas -preliminarily identified- will be addressed, and in particular, some issues amongst the following: international animals & animal products trade, risk assessment/communication, emerging/re-emerging diseases, wildlife/sylvatic zoonoses, exotic diseases, health problems related to intensive animal production systems, residues in the environment, etc. Within the flexible modular structure, the modules can be easily expanded to cover upcoming areas of interest. This improved training on VPH/AP will be of great benefit to students and professionals alike. Professionals will be specifically encouraged to access the modular courses through the Internet, and in this way provide opportunities for continuing education in up-coming VPH issues. As the SAPUVETNET Module II makes use of innovative teaching methodologies (modular structure, problem-oriented approach), the delivery of the module can be flexible, either to “traditional” groups, small working-groups or to individuals via the INTERNET. Specific courses jointly developed by different member institutions will also be further explored by making use of virtual classroom packages via the INTERNET (e.g WebCTÒ) . In this respect, the experience obtained with this software during the SAPUVET project can provide an important basis.


All the experiences and the results obtained through the activities of the network are being disseminated, and will be further disseminated through various channels across Latin-America and Europe. The SAPUVETNET II Website is an important tool for this purpose. In addition, various partners will further present the project and its products during scientific/technical events e.g. congresses, conferences, etc.)  The publication of articles/papers  about the network and its innovative teaching approach will also be an important way of dissemination of the activities, experiences and results of the project/network.

Expected Results

1. Report (to be updated after the inclusion of the 2 new network partners) on the present veterinary curricula in the field of Animal Production and Veterinary Public Health (VPH/AP) and on the prevailing needs in VPH/AP (Spanish and English)

2. SAPUVETNET II Website, containing updated information on all the partner institutions, as well as information about the project and its activities (Spanish and English languages)

3. SAPUVETNET II List-server, all the partners of the network will be subscribed (Spanish and English),

4. SAPUVETNET II electronic Newsletter (4 issues/2 per year), in Spanish with summary in English, to be published on the Website, and/or sent via the List-server 

5. SAPUVETNET II Training Module in VPH/AP (either via WebCT or made available on the Website), in Spanish 

6. Production of teaching material (CD-ROM /DVD) on selected VPH/AP issues (Spanish/English) e.g. VPH manual 

7. Progress Report on the SAPUVET project 

8. Final report on the SAPUVET activities and results


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