In October, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Japanese Foundation for Veterinary Specialist Scholarship signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bring Japanese veterinarians to the University for a five-year course of study. Each year, a new student will enter the program to complete a two-year Master of Science specializing in toxicology, based in the Center for Environmental Medicine; and a three-year residency program at the CSU James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The first student is expected to begin in the program in Fall 2013.
The JFVSS will fund the program, which will help to create a cadre of board-certified veterinary specialists who will improve and advance the practice of veterinary medicine in greater Japan, as well as enhance veterinary education programs offered through Japanese universities.
“Our partners in JFVSS are passionate about the future of veterinary medicine in their country,” said Dr. Mark Stetter, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “We are honored to join with them in this endeavor to establish a cohort of board-certified Japanese veterinarians who will help to shape the practice of veterinary medicine in their country for decades to come.”
There are 16 veterinary schools in Japan, none of which offer clinical rotations or residencies for board certification in specialties such as oncology, surgery, and orthopaedics. When students graduate with their veterinary degree, they go into private practices where they receive their clinical training from practicing veterinarians. Because of the lack of residency programs, Japan currently only has 10 veterinarians practicing in Japan who received training in the United States and are certified in specialties recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties.
“The idea of veterinary specialists is becoming more accepted in Japan, however, veterinary training in advanced fields is not yet available,” said Dr. Tetsuya Kobayashi, Director, Japan Small Animal Cancer Center and an adjunct faculty member of Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University. “Working with Colorado State University, we will select participants who are highly motivated to complete specialty training and then come back to Japan to help build our professional programs.”