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Gates Foundation-funded project to create digital platform to house educational resources for veterinary faculty around the world.

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Three colleges of veterinary medicine have received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a two-year project to improve veterinary services in developing countries, according to an announcement from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The project involves creation of a digital platform to house educational resources and teaching tools for use by veterinary faculty around the world. High-quality veterinary services are critical to ensure the safety, quality and availability of animal source foods, yet the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has found gaps in veterinary services in developing countries and has identified quality of veterinary education to be a major contributor to this problem, the announcement said.

Project partners — the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH), The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine/College of Public Health and Massey University (New Zealand) School of Veterinary Science and Institute of Education — will work collaboratively to identify and address the issues of quality veterinary teaching and learning, Iowa State said.

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