On Saturday, February 3, 2024, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Universitas Syiah Kuala (FVM USK) conducted a training activity consisting of strengthening learning materials for students in the co-assessment program of the Professional Veterinary Medicine Education Program (PPVM). This program was implemented through the collaborative support of the Indonesian Association of Veterinary Medicine (AFKHI) and the Indonesia-Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership (IARMCP).

During the event, the Coordinator of PPVM at FVM USK, Dr. drh. Erwin, M.Sc., expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to PPVM students to participate in the training. Erwin hoped that the students would participate in the activity with focus and sincerity, as the materials provided were closely related to competency exam questions. By attending this training, the students would be better prepared and confident in answering related questions correctly.

The Dean of FVM USK, drh. Teuku Reza Ferasyi, MSc., PhD., in his opening speech, mentioned that within the collaborative program, FVM USK was tasked with organizing training for a total of 90 frontline health workers in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, divided into 3 batches. Additionally, there were 2 batches of students, totaling 90 participants. The names of the participants would be included in the national database. The Dean hoped that the students who participated in this training would become frontline veterinary medical cadres ready to be involved in controlling outbreaks of diseases that require immediate intervention. Teuku Reza was confident that through this activity, the students would gain knowledge and skills that could contribute to national needs in the future. The Dean expressed gratitude for the outstanding support from AFKHI and IARMCP.

The full-day training was divided into two parts: theoretical sessions indoors and field simulations. The speakers for this event were Prof. Dr. drh. M. Hanafiah, M.P., drh. Teuku Reza Ferasyi, MSc., PhD., and a representative from the Aceh Livestock Service. The topics covered included understanding one health, emerging infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness, field epidemiology, outbreak reporting procedures, and the animal disease reporting information system (isikhnas). This batch 2 strengthening material activity was attended by 60 PPVM students. Previously, batch 1 training was conducted in November 2023, with 30 students participating.