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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Milan is committed to assisting veterinarians and the public in the maintenance and development of their knowledge and professional performance for all the major fields of veterinary science.Historically in Italy, the role of Veterinary Schools was focused on undergraduateteaching and postgraduate research programs (leading to doctorate degrees) while continuing veterinary education programs were considered the task of external, often private, veterinary “cultural” groups. Continuing education was also hampered bylogistic difficulties due to the lack of facilities and administrative support.Most of these problems have been overcome for three major reasons:a. the opening of the Lodi Centre of the Faculty provides adequate facilities;b. the strong commitment of the new Faculty administration to increase the relationship and collaboration with major external private and public veterinary associationsand organisations;c. the introduction of compulsory veterinary continuing medical education (VCME).

In 2004, the Italian Ministry of Health introduced an official annual VCME program  organised through the collection of certified elective credits. The system is based on the accumulation of a certain number of hours of courses (theoretic and practical)with a final multiple choice questions (MCQs) examination derived from activitiesaccredited by the Ministry of Health itself. The introduction of a VCME has increased substantially the demand and the number of postgraduate practical courses in allfields of veterinary medicine in Italy. The VCME of the Ministry of Health is directedtowards all sanitary professions dealing with veterinary medicine including also private practitioners and all professions dealing with public health and food hygiene. In2007 the Ministry of Health established that for the 2008-2010 period the veterinarians should achieve a total of 150 credits with an average of 50 credits per year, witha minimum of 30 and a maximum of 70 per year (this should correspond to one working week time dedicated to continuing education). Each credit corresponds to 1 hourof congresses, courses, research activities, tutored activities, distance e-learning, stages, presentations to congresses etc.Thus, the Faculty is increasingly involved in the direct organisation of VCME courses and the teaching staff is involved both in the Faculty courses and is continuouslyinvolved in the VCME activities of the public and private organisations that are committed to VCME.The Faculty VCME is organised in masters, speciality schools, congresses, theoretical and practical courses and organised directly by the faculty teaching staff. The Faculty organises courses of all types in co-operation with the major professional Italianprivate and public organisations, and European Colleges.Additionally, the Faculty offers patronage to several external courses. Patronage is granted on the basis of the scientific content of the course, the curriculum of theexternal staff involved and the involvement of Faculty teaching staff.
Distance learning
The Faculty is also a consulting board of Le Point Vétérinaire Italie publisher for distance VCME (distance learning for veterinary practitioners).