Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Scotland
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CTA. 1989. Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Scotland . Spore 22. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The production of animals in the tropics is becoming progressively more difficult as more land is needed for alternative uses. Countries struggling with economic difficulties cannot always provide the physical inputs required for livestock...
The production of animals in the tropics is becoming progressively more difficult as more land is needed for alternative uses. Countries struggling with economic difficulties cannot always provide the physical inputs required for livestock production. At the same time there is an urgent need to develop viable smallscale animal production systems which will stabilize food supplies of rural areas while still avoiding environmental damage. Consequently, the need for appropriate training of livestock specialists is acute. Veterinarians and animal production specialists need to be technically trained and they must also be good managers o whatever resources are at their disposal. They must be able to cope with changing circumstances, and to communicate their ideas and decisions effectively to their professional colleagues and to livestock owners who are looking to them for leadership and support. The University of Edinburgh has been concerned with the education of vets working in the Tropics since 1930, and the Centre For Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) in Midlothian was established in 1970. It offers postgraduate courses in tropical animal production and health. Recently, optional short courses have been introduced, including the use of micro- computers and extension methods technology. Research projects on many topics are carried out at the CTVM and in other units of the Edinburgh Centre for Rural Economy. The Centre has its own library, and students have access to all the facilities of the University library. There are computer terminals in the Veterinary Field Station, and the centre has micro-computers for research purposes. The documentation division of the Centre is based in the library and, apart from collecting information relevant to its work, publishes a quarterly journal, Tropical Animal Health and Production'; a series of information leaflets containing abstracts of current research from other parts of the world, and a regular newsletter. Over the past decade more than 100 dissertations have been produced by students as part of the MSc course in tropical animal production and health. Much of this work is new, and contains useful reviews of recent literature on various aspects of animal production. CTVM's annual reports carry summaries of groups of these, where a theme has been continued through a series of dissertations over a number of years, and lists of publications by members of staff. For more details, contact The Director Centre tor Tropical Veterinary Medicine Easter Bush - Roslin Midlothian EH25 9RG Scotland UK