The training aimed at controlling and managing livestock disease outbreaks in the Indonesian cattle farming sector. This activity was carried out through the collaborative support of the Indonesian Association of Veterinary Medicine (AFKHI) and the Indonesia Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership (IARMCP).

The opening ceremony of this event was attended by the Chairman of AFKHI, Prof. drh Teguh Budipitojo, MP, PhD, virtually, and the Head of the Aceh Livestock Service, Zalsufran, ST, MSi, in person.

Prof. Teguh Budipitojo mentioned that similar training sessions were also conducted by Veterinary Medicine Faculties in 10 other universities across Indonesia. Additionally, each university reinforced learning materials related to their students.

Furthermore, the Dean of FVM USK, drh Teuku Reza Ferasy, MSc, PhD, stated that within the collaboration with AFKHI and IARMCP, FVM USK was entrusted to manage three batches of training activities.

Previously, in 2023, Batch 1 was conducted in Banda Aceh, and Batch 2 in Medan. Each batch involved 30 frontline veterinarian. In total, there would be 23 batches, targeting the involvement of 690 frontline veterinarian throughout Indonesia.

This initiative aims to establish a network of veterinary knowledgeable about the basics and steps of controlling and managing livestock disease outbreaks, which can be utilized to safeguard animal diseases and potential zoonoses. With the completion of Batch 3 training, FVM USK, along with AFKHI and IARMCP, has contributed to training 90 personnel.

The activities in Langsa were conducted in two locations: indoors and in a selected village within the Langsa region for field simulation activities. The training for Batch 3 in Langsa involved 30 participants from departments or institutions responsible for animal health and livestock functions in 11 districts/cities in the eastern to central/southeastern regions of Aceh.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Aceh Livestock Service, Zalsufran, expressed that Batch 3 activities in Aceh further strengthen the readiness of veterinary personnel in Aceh to support the needs of controlling and managing livestock disease outbreaks.

The availability of trained veterinary from the west-south to the east-central-southeast regions of Aceh will greatly assist the government’s efforts to eliminate several reported animal diseases and zoonoses in Aceh.

The training was supported by three national and local facilitators, namely Dr. drh Widagdo Sri Nugroho, MP, drh Dewi Anggreini, MM, and Prof. Dr. drh M Hanafiah, MP. To maximize training outcomes, all participants were quarantined in the hotel for four days to fully participate.

The training curriculum included an introduction to basic epidemiology, one health, and outbreak investigation combined with field outbreak investigation simulations.