On April 24, 2019, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine successfully held the International Conference: “African Swine Fever: Current Situation and Future Strategy” at Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA). The conference was organized with the aim of sharing scientific information, exchanging experience and academic knowledge, and discussing issues related to African swine fever and disease prevention in the world and in Vietnam.

The conference attracted the participation of many scientists and managers from international organizations such as ILRI, FAO, JICA, Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Lao PDR Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, French Embassy in Hanoi and domestic organizations, agencies and  universities such as Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry and Bac Giang University of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Animal Health, National Institute of Veterinary Research, Sub-Department of Animal Health (Sub-Department of Animal Health Area 1, Sub-Department of Animal Health Area 3, Hai Duong Sub-Department of Animal Health, and Hung Yen Sub-Department of Animal Health, etc.), a number of companies in the field of veterinary medicine and livestock feed such as CP Vietnam Livestock Corporation, Kim Nguu Instrument and chemical import and export JSC., Marphavet Corporation, Amarvet Company, MSD Animal health Vietnam, Mavin Corporation, Veterinary Joint Stock Company Megavet Vietnam, Tien Thanh Veterinary Material Company Limited, and Olmix Corporation, etc., and lecturers and researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Animal Science, the Science and Technology Office, and the  International Cooperation Office, etc. as well as VNUA’s graduate and undergraduate students.

Conference participants

Conference participants

On behalf of the conference organization committee, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan welcomed the participants and emphasized the meaning and purposes of the conference in disease prevention in general and African swine fever in particular. She hoped that all researchers will share their experiences and collaborate in research in order to quickly create vaccines to prevent ASF to minimize economic losses to pig farmers. 

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan, delivers the opening speech 

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan, delivers the opening speech

Presentations and discussions at the conference receiving a great attention by the participants focused on a number of issues relating to African swine fever: (i) An overview of African swine fever epidemic; (ii) Current situation of African swine fever in Vietnam and the prevention and treatment of ASF, (iii) Some pathological characteristics of African swine fever; (iv) Some diagnostic techniques for African swine fever epidemic; (v)  Some molecular-biological characteristics of African swine fever virus; and (vi) Experiences in preventing African swine fever epidemic, etc.

Dr. Edward Okoth-Abworo, Program Coordinator of African swine fever program (ILRI), gives a presentation at the conference

Dr. Edward Okoth-Abworo, Program Coordinator of African swine fever program (ILRI), gives a presentation at the conference

Dr. Nguyen Van Long, Department of Animal Health, presents at the conference

Dr. Nguyen Van Long, Department of Animal Health, presents at the conference

  Dr. Ken Inui from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dr. Ken Inui from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Van Phan, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Van Phan, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bui Thu To Nga from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine presents: African swine fever clinical and pathological features of the first cases in Vietnam   

Dr. Bui Thu To Nga from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine presents: African swine fever clinical and pathological features of the first cases in Vietnam 

Representative of the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presents ASF situation in Cambodia

Representative of the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presents ASF situation in Cambodia

Mrs. Nina Chen, Taiwan Gen-research Company, gives a presentation at the conference

Mrs. Nina Chen, Taiwan Gen-research Company, gives a presentation at the conference

 

Conference participants

The conference ended successfully, providing international and Vietnamese researchers and enterprises in veterinary medicine and animal production with the opportunity to meet, exchange experience and knowledge and create the connection between science and practice on the way to find out solutions for preventing, controlling and getting rid of African swine fever in Vietnam in the coming time.