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Edinburgh University in Chinese vets agreement

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Image caption Scientists at Edinburgh University are linking up with vets in China

Scientists in Edinburgh are linking up with vets in China in an "historic agreement" focused on safeguarding animal welfare.

Edinburgh University has signed a deal with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) on veterinary research and educational programmes.

The agreement is a first between the CVMA and a UK university.

It also aims to strengthen the role of the vet in China, particularly in the area of animal welfare.

It forms part of a collaboration between the CVMA and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, which opened in 2011 and is part of Edinburgh University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The partnership also aims to support post-graduate veterinary education in China.

Professor Natalie Waran, of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, said: "This historic agreement, which draws upon the University of Edinburgh's expertise in animal health and welfare research, will promote and support the development of continuing veterinary education in China.

"Along with the CVMA, we hope to develop dynamic educational expertise to enhance veterinary education - not only training Chinese veterinarians to meet the challenges of a changing and globalised profession, but also promoting animal welfare in the veterinary curriculum to ensure public safety and reduce epidemics."

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