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Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV) conducted

A nine day 'Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV)' from 15th -23rd May, 2017 sponsored by SAARC-Agriculture Centre and FAO Regional Support Unit for SAARC (FAO-RSU-SAARC), was organized at ICAR-NIVEDI, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. A total of sixteen participants from SAARC member countries excluding representation from Pakistan and Maldives, participated in the training programme. A list of participants from SAARC member countries are as mentioned below;

S. No.

Name of Country

Name of participant



Dr. Khalilullah Daqiq



Dr. Rahmatullah Almas



Dr. Md. Ershaduzzaman



Dr. Md. Zahir Uddin



Dr. S. M. Shariful Hoque Belal



Dr. Kazi Rafiquzzaman



Dr. Nima



Dr. Pema Jatsho



Dr. T. Sreenivasa Reddy



Dr. Amitav Chakravarty



Dr. Sudha Rani R.



Dr. Arjun Aryal



Dr. Khagendra Raj Sapkota


Sri Lanka

Dr. B. Dilan Kumara Silva


Sri Lanka

Dr. K. M. P. M. Bandara Kollalpitiya


Sri Lanka

Dr. K. G. Samantha Kumara Senarathna



Dr. Md. Nure Alam Siddiky

An inaugural ceremony of training programme was conducted on 15th May, 2017. The occasion was graced by Dr. Joykrushna Jena, DDG (Fisheries & Animal science), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. H. Rahman, former DDG (Animal science) & regional representative, ILRI; and Dr. Parimal Roy, Director, ICAR-NIVEDI, Bengaluru and Dr. Nure Alam Siddiky, Sr. Programme Officer, SAARC Agriculture Center, Dhaka. During the event, Dr. Divakar Hemadri, Course-Director, informed the purpose and focus of training programme along with outline of nine day lectures as well as practical schedule. Assembled dignitaries released two manuals (Lectures & Practical guide) on the occassion, which were later distributed to each participant. 


The training programme was composed of lectures (theory component) followed by hands on practical encompassing major epidemiology themes such as basic epidemiology concepts & applications, principles of outbreak investigation, case definitions, epidemiological curves, Animal and human health case studies under outbreak investigation, epidemiological surveys under one health perspective including both human and animal health surveillance, measures of disease, sampling frame and sample size estimation, sample collection/package/transportation, design and development of questionnaires, application of GPS, use of GIS in spatial epidemiology, risk based surveillance, biosafety and biosecurity  measures at field as well as laboratory, economic analysis of disease burden, data presentation/reporting, as well as emerging disease threats at human-animal-ecosystem interface with special reference to South Asia.


The lectures were delivered by ICAR-NIVEDI scientists as well as guest faculty from International/national agencies and universities. The guest faculty included Dr. Shah Hossain and Dr. Arun Kumar, from Manipal University, Karnataka; Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar, from National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), Chennai; Dr. Dr. S. K. Bandyopadhyay and Dr. Khadak Singh Bisht, from FAO-RSU, SAARC, Nepal.


A field visit for all the participants was organized on 21st May, 2017. The site of field study was 'Haralikere village, Maddur Taluk, Mandya district of Karnataka, which experienced livestock (cattle, buffaloe, sheep/goat) mortality in the month of November to December, 2016 due to Anthrax outbreak. All the participants were divided in to four groups and were asked to collect the basic and epidemiological information through survey of farming households along with GPS recording of anthrax outbreak sites. They collectively collected more than 40 questionnaires during the site visit, which was later entered into Epiinfo software for analysis.

A valedictory ceremony of training programme was organized on the afternoon of 23rd May, 2017. The ceremony was graced by Dr. S.K. Bandyopadhyay, Co-ordinator, FAO-Regional support Unit for SAARC; Dr. Khadak Singh Bisht, Asst. Co-ordinator, FAO-RSU-SAARC, Dr. Aniket Sanyal, Joint Director, ICAR-IVRI, Bengaluru, and Dr. Parimal Roy, Director, ICAR-NIVEDI, Bengaluru. During the ceremony, training report was presented by Dr. D. Hemadri, Course-Director. All the participants expressed their satisfaction about the training programme and opinioned that the future training programmes need to be conducted with more days for field and laboratory based hands on training for field veterinarian. All the participants were addressed by the dignitaries. All the participants were also presented with participation certificate and memento. The ceremony was concluded by vote of thanks to all the sponsoring agencies, participants, and staff of ICAR-NIVEDI, as delivered by Dr. M.M. Chanda, Course Co-ordinator, ICAR-NIVEDI, Bengaluru, India.
Inauguration of FETPV Participants and Dignitaries with DDG (AS)
Participant receiving certificate from Chief Guest
Field Visit Field Visit
Field Visit Field Visit
Field Visit Hands on Training
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