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Veterinary College Wins Funds for International Initiatives

December 19, 2006

Drs. Blackwell (center) and Wang (2nd from right) present gift
Drs. Blackwell (center) and Wang (2nd from right) present gift to
CAU-CVM administrators.

KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) is the first college to receive funding from the Global Initiatives in Veterinary Education (GIVE) Program. Organized by the American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the GIVE program is designed to develop long-term, mutually beneficial and meaningful partnerships with foreign veterinary schools in developing countries by involving multiple faculty, staff and students.

The AAVMC and the American Veterinary Medical Association awarded the UTCVM $27,000 for its International Multi-Task Cooperative and Exchange Program with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing. The program provides training in practical laboratory procedures and an animal nutrition and diet promotion program for CAU faculty and staff. It also offers UTCVM clinical faculty the opportunity to learn techniques for acupuncture/alternative medicine and animal care. Dr. Michael Blackwell, UTCVM dean and Dr. Hwa-Chain Robert Wang, program administrator of International Affairs at UTCVM, visited CAU’s veterinary college in November as part of the effort to promote cooperative educational, research and cultural exchange programs to study livestock diseases and human diseases. Dr. Wang also worked with his counterparts in China to prioritize the focus of the college’s initiatives that will be implemented over the next three years.

One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being. The college is the winner of the 2006 Commitment Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

Sandra Harbison
Media Relations
UT College of Veterinary Medicine

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