The US-China Center for Animal Health
Serving and Educating a Global Society
U.S. - China Center for Animal HealthThe US-China Center for Animal Health is a K-State-based education service center for the improvement of Chinese animal health education, research, regulatory, industrial workforce and a resource for U.S. and Chinese animal health companies.
This collaboration with the China Scholarship Council, K-State and partnering universities will train 50 Chinese students in the next 10 years through accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs in the U.S. Ten Chinese students study pre-veterinary courses at K-State for a year and then apply to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs at K-State or a partnering veterinary college.
The China Scholarship Council has committed more than $13 million to support the Chinese veterinary students for their four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine training. Upon receiving their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, the Chinese students will return to China to serve the animal health community.
With an increase in economic, political, educational and cultural cooperation and exchange between the U.S. and China, it is no longer a theory for most economic and corporate planners, but a fact. This partnership helps Chinese and U.S. animal health companies register and export products to the U.S. and Chinese markets.
"The Chinese government has been attaching great importance to the cooperation and exchanges in education and culture, especially in student and scholar exchanges," said Dr. Liu Jinghui, secretary general of the China Scholarship Council.
China has the world's fastest growing populations of livestock and companion animals, according to Jishu Shi, director of the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health at Kansas State University.
The demand for better care of animals and safer food products has increased significantly because of a rapid increase of living standards in China. Although China has made significant progress in animal production and food safety in the last few decades, improvement in veterinary services is needed to meet the increasing demand, Shi said.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and the K-State Olathe Campus provide the ideal location for this training platform.