Mexico trains more than 2,000 veterinarians to identify serious animal diseases

Agriculture has practically trained 2,471 students, technicians, breeders and government officials, so that they can identify injuries and clinical signs in animals, caused by diseases not present in Mexico. Rural Development

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has practically trained – from September to date – 2,471 students, technicians, breeders and government officials, so that they are able to identify injuries and clinical signs in animals, caused by diseases not present in Mexico.

The online course “Main exotic diseases of animals (AUTOSIM)” is given by specialists from the National Service of Hygiene, Safety and Agri-Food Quality (Senasica).

It was created as an alternative to the face-to-face course the agency has offered for 35 years that has helped strengthen systems for the timely detection, control and eradication of some of the most devastating animal diseases, Agriculture reported.

He explained that AUTOSIM’s main target audience is students of veterinary medicine and related careers, as in the coming years they will be responsible for preventing and, where appropriate, controlling and eradicating threats to the disease. national livestock.

Of the 25 institutions that requested the course, 16 belong to the academic branch, three to the productive sector, three to livestock aid agencies, a State Secretariat for Rural Development and two areas of Senasica.

Among the universities are 209 students of the Institute for Research in Veterinary Sciences of the Autonomous University of Baja California, 204 of the Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo, 194 of the Autonomous University of Benemérita de Puebla, 175 of the ‘Autonomous University of Guerrero, 158 from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, 139 from the University of Guanajuato and 137 from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur.

For the productive sector, 238 technicians from the Mexican Organization of Pig Breeders (Opormex) and 153 from Federal Inspection Establishments (TIF) were trained.

In addition, 103 technicians from the Chiapas State Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Livestock, 44 from Campeche and 13 from Tlaxcala were registered.

Finally, seven officials from the Secretariat for Agricultural Development of the State of Querétaro, 128 technicians from the United States-Mexico Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Foreign Animal Diseases (CPA) and seven from the Department of Surveillance took charge. Classes. and the Senasica project control.

The training consists of six modules: vesicular diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease; arboviral, such as equine encephalitis; type of plague, such as swine fever; cutaneous, such as bovine besnoitiosis, and the prion, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, among others.

The modules are self-study in approximately 32 hours, so that participants can allocate study time according to their needs, since they can enter the virtual classroom 24 hours a day.

At the end of the course with a minimum GPA of 7.0, participants obtain a certificate approved by Senasica.

To access the AUTOSIM course, those interested should ask their institution to send a formal request to the e-mail address: [email protected] or they can get information by calling 55 5905 1000 ext 51243.

Once the Animal Health Directorate receives applications, it opens new virtual classrooms, so it has the capacity to provide training to institutions that need it, the agency said.

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