06 September 2018
Professor Dirk Pfeiffer (Chair Professor of One Health at the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences) visited the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) of the Republic of Korea in Gimcheon on 30 and 31 August 2018.
Prof. Pfeiffer gave a seminar on One Health approaches required for the effective and efficient control of livestock infectious diseases. His seminar was divided into three parts: the role of food systems in animal disease control, a One Health perspective on avian influenza, and the emerging threat of African swine fever in East Asia.
Prof. Pfeiffer was invited to Korea amid increasing concerns about the introduction of African swine fever into Korea from the multiple outbreaks in China. As a result, more than 100 government officials and field veterinarians attended his seminar. During his seminar, Prof. Pfeiffer said, “To effectively and efficiently control livestock infectious diseases, including avian influenza and African swine fever, risk assessments must be supported by a comprehensive understanding of regional food value chains.”
He also met with the Commissioner of APQA, Prof. Bongkyun Park from Seoul National University, to discuss potential research and educational collaboration. Prof. Pfeiffer and the Commissioner agreed to work together to develop and strengthen the network of veterinary epidemiologists in Far East Asia.