China’s first national veterinary association was recently established in Beijing to improve the domestic veterinary system and enhance international cooperation, announced China’s Agriculture Ministry (MOA).

This non-government, nonprofit organization will contribute to animal disease control, animal welfare improvement, industry standard normalization, local veterinarian training and further involvement in global veterinary affairs, Vice Minister of MOA, Gao Hongbin, said in its inaugural meeting.

Jia Youling and Zhang Zhongqiu were named president and secretary general of the association.