Vetstream Supports Asian Veterinary Development with Free Vet School Access to its Digital Reference Content

Vetstream supports Asian Veterinary Development

Mark Johnston and Shane Ryan announcing the agreement

Vetstream is to offer its online clinical resources to Asian veterinary schools free of charge.  The company, a leading supplier of digital reference content to the veterinary profession, is providing 12 month licenses to ten veterinary schools in South East Asia in order to support the development of young veterinarians in these countries.  Veterinary schools set to benefit include the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Bogor University in Indonesia and the University Putra in Malaysia.

Vetstream’s online clinical resources include Canis (dogs), Felis (cats), Lapis (rabbits) and Equis (horses).  These peer-reviewed tools feature content from more than 900 leading veterinary clinicians from around the world and are updated weekly.  They are accessible from any internet-enabled device.

The company is already engaged in projects to support veterinary learning in developing countries, including the African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN), an initiative from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Foundation to raise standards of veterinary care across Africa.   It has worked with the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) to agree this new package of support for Asian veterinary schools.

Commenting, Dr Shane Ryan, President of FAVA, said:   “Until now, we have seen the disparate development of the veterinary profession and community within Asia, with some countries having already achieved developed-world status with other nations still very much on the way.  This is particularly noticeable in South East Asia, the region where FAVA, with the generous support of Vetstream, has decided to focus by providing access to world class veterinary teaching resources for undergraduates.   The students of today are the veterinary leaders of tomorrow.  With the ASEAN Economic Community soon to launch, the trans-boundary movement and supply of veterinary services and resources will depend on a veterinary profession which has an equitable level of training and proficiency.  Vetstream’s support of these universities is a significant step for the profession and I hope it can be extended further in the near future.”

Dr G Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Vetstream, added:  ”We have a responsibility to the future of the profession to support veterinarians in countries which do not have the ready access the high quality information resources we take for granted in the USA and Europe.   We are delighted to support veterinary schools in Asia by offering them our online content free of charge for a year.  We look forward to working with them and hope that their students benefit from Vetstream’s resources.”

Vetstream offers a range of online clinical resources for the veterinary profession including Canis, Felis, Lapis and Equis.  Its Vetacademy e-learning service offers e-learning modules and online videos from some of the world’s leading veterinary CE providers, including The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), Elsevier and Improve International.