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Launch of The Veterinary Students as Global Citizens report

The Veterinary Students as Global Citizens symposium held on 27 November at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) celebrated another successful stage of the Students as Global Citizens project. It is a 3-year collaborative initiative involving the RVC, the Institute of Education, the UCL Medical School and the UCL School of Pharmacy, co-ordinated by LIDC. The aim of the project was to develop and evaluate methods of including global and development topics in undergraduate veterinary, medical and pharmacy curricula.

Lord Trees, past-president of the RCVS, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at Liverpool University, recently appointed to the House of Lords, spoke about the need to make veterinary students aware of the contribution the veterinary profession can make to global human and animal health, in particularly food security, climate change and anti-microbial resistance.

Nick Short (RVC) and Dr Nicole Blum (Institute of Education) then outlined the work of the 'Students as Global Citizens' project. Recent veterinary and medical graduates discussed the positive reception given to the work of the project by students.

Panel: Nigel Goode, Nick Short, Dr Nicole Blum, Jenny Maud and Jonathon Meldrum
The second session saw three leaders in global health discuss the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration from their own viewpoints: Professor Richard Kock (Professor of Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases, RVC), Professor Felicity Smith (Professor of Pharmacy Practice, UCL School of Pharmacy) and Professor Anthony Costello (Institute of Global Health, UCL).

The evening ended with a drinks reception and a launch of the publication summarising the project.
Download the Veterinary Students as Global Citizens publication

Panel members: Nigel Goode, Nick Short, Dr Nicole Blum, Jenny Maud and Jonathon Meldrum
Photo credits: RVC

Last month, The Global Doctor publication was launched at UCL, examining the issue of global issues in the training of medical students.
Download the Global Doctor publication

The Students as Global Citizens project team are keen to seek new ideas and collaborations to develop the work of the project. Contact: Nick Short or Jenny Maud

Adapted from Royal Veterinary College