The One Health approach is important for responding to zoonotic diseases and provides a holistic knowledge set for those entering the workforce. At Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF), a One health module has been included in the current husbandry and veterinary courses as well as veterinary programs for engineer and master degrees since 2016. After 3 years, and more than 800 students belonging to Faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary medicine having to complete the module, TUAF expanded their capacity and are able to apply One Health concepts and core competencies in their future work. The students were given opportunities to gain knowledge and expertise in One Health concepts, but also to apply their new skills to address public health issues in communities through fieldwork activities.
In order to provide a source of One health teaching material to other universities within the VOHUN network, TUAF, Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy (TUMP), Bac Giang University of Agriculture and Forestry (BGUAF), and other national and international One Health experts collaborated to publish the “One Health Textbook for Veterinary Students”. This textbook presents different modules fundamental to One Health knowledge and skills, with topics including: (1) basic aspects of One Health, (2) factors that support or detract from effective One Health adoption, (3) One Health core competencies, (4) planning and management in controlling zoonotic diseases, (5) the impact of culture and beliefs in One health, (6) leadership, collaboration and partnership and One health, (7) ethics and values, (7) systems thinking to control zoonotic diseases and food safety, and (8) communication, information, policy, and advocacy in One health. In each One Health module, there was an added case study to ensure students who have the technical, leadership, analysis and collaboration skills needed to respond to any One health issues such as zoonotic diseases, food safety.
Furthermore, TUAF also supported freely for students through the activities of One health student club to improve their creative application in applying One health core competencies into reality.
For the next step, TUAF aims to improve and diversify the teaching and learning activities for students, as well as for local veterinary local staff to achieve long term goals for a future One Health workforce.