The University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) in collaboration with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Austria) and the New Vision Veterinary Hospital, organizes for the first time a two days Symposium on “Mastitis Symposium” in Rwanda on the following theme : “Best Mastitis Management Practices for Safer Milk and Sustainable Dairy Production” at UR-CAVM Busogo campus.
This symposium brings together University scientists, students, and partners from milk processing firms and industries, veterinarians, government institutions and the private sector. The symposium is a great opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and learn from each other. It emphasizes on three (3) thematic areas :
• Dairy Production,
• Mastitis prevention and treatment
• Milk hygiene and microbiology.
Strong recommendations were made at the end of the symposium by focusing on putting in place a multidisciplinary National Mastitis Control Program. This program will involve different stakeholders from University, Government institutions, Dairy processors and others. Through its implementation, the plan shall focus on mastitis diagnosis, appropriate treatment, practical prevention programs, educational trainings to farmers and extension service providers among others.
The Rector of the University of Veternary Medecine Vinna with the Principal UR-CAVM
UR Vice Chancellor with a delegation from the University of Veternary Medecine Vienna
After the two days Symposium the delegation from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna accompanied by Jean Pierre Mpatswenumugabo, the coordinator for the Mastitis Symposium, paid a courtesy visit to the University of Rwanda Vice Chancellor. During their discussions, the Vice Chancellor urged the team to make sure that recommendations from the Symposium be implemented to bring change in the Dairy value chain. He requests the CAVM should work in consultation with the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna and the New Vision Veterinary Hospital to review the current Veterinary Curriculum which is delivered at the University of Rwanda, to start planning for the next Mastitis Symposium and to involve people from Data Science at the University of Rwanda. He concludes by thanking the CAVM and Vetmeduni for the initiative and recommends long term collaboration between the two Universities.
UR-CAVM Student and Staff following the presentations
Report by : Jacqueline UMUPFASONI