Teaming up with Chinese Dairies

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As the nation of China began paying close attention to the development of veterinary health standards and food safety protocols during the past decade, Dean Bennie Osburn and other school faculty have welcomed many Chinese visitors eager to observe and learn about modern dairy production, veterinary education, diagnostics and food safety systems. Osburn states, “As demand for safe and wholesome milk products skyrockets in China, dairies must adopt practical, standardized management tools to assure food safety.”

With a reputation for expertise in dairy herd health and production medicine, it is no surprise that the School of Veterinary Medicine has become a pivotal member of an international alliance with the Chinese government, the China Veterinary Collaboration. Established in 2010, the group aims to:

  • Advance the efficiency and quality of livestock production
  • Promote standards in veterinary education
  • Facilitate on-farm training programs with immediate impact
  • Raise awareness of veterinary public health and food safety
  • Enhance veterinary care for companion animals

 Other Network Members:

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Pfizer Animal Health
  • Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

James Cullor, director of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, led one of the group’s first programs, a pilot project to help Chinese dairies produce consistently high-quality milk products. In August 2010, Cullor trained employees on two farms to apply the 10-step “Dynamic Dairy Management” program.

The team approach provides for monitoring processes, solving farm management problems and maintaining accurate records to enhance production and prevent disease. On a return visit in October, Cullor observed, “On-farm assessments indicated that milk quality was higher, and compliance with protocols improved.” Pfizer Animal Health sponsored the pilot project. The China Veterinary Collaboration has proposed other initiatives, including developing strategies to modernize veterinary education and scheduling a veterinary public health symposium in China in summer 2011. Faculty from the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Dairy Food Safety Laboratory, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory plan to contribute to the symposium and other initiatives as opportunities arise.

To read the Spring 2011 UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News, click here.

As the nation of China began paying close attention to the development of veterinary health standards and food safety protocols during the past decade, UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty have welcomed many Chinese visitors eager to observe and learn about modern dairy production, veterinary education, diagnostics and food safety systems.



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