AgSecure Africa ProgrammeTM: ABlended Training Approach for Africa. Academic Article uri icon


  • An innovative training program entitled "AgSecure Africa ProgrammeTM" was developed in partnership with the South African Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research (ARC-OVR) to train veterinarians, animal health technicians, researchers and laboratory personnel. Three blended courses consisting of both virtual and in-person delivery were provided with the intent of contributing to the better prevention, detection and control of infectious diseases of livestock and poultry of significant importance for the region with a strong emphasis on transboundary animal diseases. A "train the trainer" model of instruction was employed to equip participants with the ability to train and share knowledge with colleagues and small-holder farmers in their various communities and regions. The design of this program was to increase the capacity of veterinarians and veterinary diagnosticians to safely and accurately diagnose infectious livestock diseases and to also empower small-holder farmers with the knowledge needed to safely and securely manage their livestock and be a first line defense in the prevention and control of infectious livestock diseases. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations were used to measure the impact of the trainings which revealed significant increases in knowledge gains. Course materials were submitted and approved for accreditation by the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) becoming the first international training program to achieve this. Approval of these courses led to licensed veterinarians and animal health technicians being awarded continuing professional development credits upon their successful completion of courses. A larger goal was to build training capacity, not only for South Africa, but also for the region.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Med Educ

author list (cited authors)

  • Arenas-Gamboa, A. M., Simmons, H. L., Krecek, R. C., Logan, L. L., Ellis, D., Ptaschinski, M., ... Heath, L.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Arenas-Gamboa, Angela M||Simmons, Heather L||Krecek, Rosina C||Logan, Linda L||Ellis, Dee||Ptaschinski, Maryn||Cargill, Jessica S||Werre, Stephen R||Mulumba, Misheck||Heath, Livio

publication date

  • January 2021