David Arin, Jos – United Nations (FAO) in Nigeria has admitted 30 Nigerian veterinarians to its third cohort of the In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiological Training programme.

The program is aimed at sustaining the adoption of expert approach to veterinary epidemiology, surveillance, reporting and related epidemiological field activities.

Veterinary and animal health experts comprising of 17 female frontline veterinarians and 13 male from 17 states in Nigeria were enrolled for the 3rd Cohorts of the In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiological Training programme in line with the Global Health Security Agenda, with funding support from USAID/Nigeria.

The Chief Veterinary Officer in Nigeria (CVON) Dr. Maimuna Habib who was in Jos, Plateau state to declare the programme open said, the good working relationship between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria, Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) has continued to sustain these trainings to ensure that frontline Veterinarians are adequately equipped to not only tackle the challenges of animal health in the country as they evolve.

The training will also equip them to perform their role as required, particularly in the context of the One Health Approach, to safeguard humanity and the environment.