IPB University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SVMBS) held reinforcement learning materials for veterinary students on Monday (27/11/2023) in the Transformation Hall SVMBS IPB University, Dramaga Campus, Bogor. This activity was conducted in collaboration with the Indonesian Veterinary Faculty Association (AFKHI) and the Indonesia Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership (IARMCP). The theme of this training was the Control and Management of Livestock Disease Outbreaks in the Indonesian Cattle Breeding Sector.
This activity was divided into 2 batches, carried out on 27/11 and 14/12, with 91 participants from the SKHB IPB Veterinary Professional Education (VPE) Program Period I 2022/2023. The participants in Batch 1 comprised 45 students. The Dean of SKHB IPB Amrozi, DVM, Ph.D., attended the opening of this event.
“This activity is none other than to provide provisions for VPE students as prospective veterinarians so that they will be ready to control and overcome livestock disease outbreaks, especially in the cattle farming sector,” said Amrozi in his speech. The first agenda of the training was filled with a presentation on the Introduction to Epidemic Investigation and its Stages, delivered by Dr. Ir. Etih Sudarnika, M.Sc., lecturer at SVMBS.
The training activities were also filled with discussions, practice, assignment creation, and group presentations, facilitated by Dr. Drh. Chaerul Basri, M.Epid., as chief executive and facilitator. The practices carried out include Participatory Epidemiology (PE) and Preparing Epidemic Curves, Timelines, Mapping with simulation concepts, and case studies as an illustration of efforts to deal with an outbreak of livestock disease through investigation and how to deal with it.
“Competence in carrying out outbreak investigations and controlling them is needed for students to become frontline veterinarians. The student should know how to identify each case of disease, starting from the initial occurrence of the case and its spread as well as handling and overcoming it in the affected area,” explained Chaerul. (AP)