APCOVE: Field Epidemiology Training Opportunity for Veterinarians!

Asia Pacific Consortium of Veterinary Epidemiology (APCOVE) is pleased to invite expressions of interest for field veterinary epidemiology training from eligible candidates in the following target countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and PNG.

What is APCOVE?

APCOVE was established in 2020 with funding from The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to strengthen veterinary epidemiology capacity in the Asia Pacific region. It involves more than 40 veterinary epidemiologists and animal health experts from Australia, New Zealand, the US and the target countries.

What does APCOVE training involve?

APCOVE field epidemiology training comprises three components:

1. Online training: It includes 30 online modules, each of about 1-hour duration covering six competencies: Fundamental skills, Outbreak investigation, Surveillance, Risk assessment, One Health and Leadership. Candidates will undertake these modules in their own time and receive a certificate1 after completion of each competency and an additional one after successful completion of all six competencies. In addition, candidates will receive a prize of AU$100 after completion of each of the competencies (i.e., a total of AU$600). We aim to

select a maximum of 20 candidates from each of the target countries for online training.

2. Hands-on projects: Candidates successfully completing the online training will be eligible to submit a proposal to undertake a hands-on project. A maximum of five candidates from each of the participating countries will be selected based on their performance in online training and the quality of their submitted proposals. Each of the selected candidates will receive A$5000 to conduct a field project for 6 months under the supervision of a mentor.

3. Visiting fellowship: The best performing candidate from each country will be offered a fellowship to visit Australia for a month after the completion of their project. APCOVE will cover most of the travel costs of visiting fellows including airfares, accommodation and meals. Each fellow will work with an Australian mentor to learn advanced epidemiology skills.

Who is eligible to apply?

All veterinarians currently working in the field, or with previous experience working in the field, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have access to a computer and the internet, although the modules will also be accessible from mo