Fifty Vietnamese veterinarians, working in regional and provincial government offices, will be trained this year under a new program to enhance their ability to effectively control, detect, and respond to outbreaks of avian influenza, it was announced on March 13.

The Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training Program (AVET), which is supported by the U.S. government through its Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.N. Joint Program in Vietnam, will provide the vets with three months of theoretical and practical instruction to improve their skills.

With technical support from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Vietnam Avian Influenza Program and the Department of Animal Health, AVET will equip field vets in disease surveillance, control and prevention, and outbreak investigation and response.