On May 27, 2019, Dr. Aruna Ambagala from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD), Canada of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Ms. Janine Fiddler, Senior Trade Commissioner, Commercial Counsellor, Canada Embassy in Hanoi and Mr. Andrew W. Fabian, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, USDA, USA paid an official visit to Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) to discuss scientific research and training cooperation particularly in the veterinary medicine field.
The two sides share information on their priority research areas and strengths in research and training
On this occasion, VNUA’s president, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan and Dr. Aruna Ambagala exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between VNUA and the CFIA.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan and Dr. Aruna Ambagala exchange the Memorandum of Understanding
Under the MOU, the participants will cooperate in diagnosis and research in African swine fever, classical swine fever, Capripox, Bluetongue and other diseases. They also promote exchange of personnel, technical and scientific information, and research materials with respect to cooperative research projects; and other forms of cooperation they may jointly decide upon.
Under the alarming and complicated African swine fever epidemic, spreading fast in many localities across the country, research and production of preventive vaccines is vital. VNUA has successfully isolated the virus of African swine fever with 14 strains appeared in many provinces and cities of the country, and sequenced the genes of 20 strains of virus, which is highly valued and created an important step for further research into vaccine production.
Representative leaders of the International Cooperation Office and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine give souvenirs to the delegation
Thus, through the cooperation with Canada's leading animal disease research center, VNUA’s scientists fully hope to produce meaningful scientific results and effective disease prevention solutions for animal husbandry production.