By: Dr. Karen Stoufer, CVM Director of Training and Asia Regional Director

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals.”   Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)

In addition to the sending of veterinarians and veterinary technicians to share the gospel around the world by building bridges of relationship through veterinary medicine, we also provide training materials and resources to partners who use them to train livestock owners to care for their animals.

In the last few years, we have worked hard to get our book, “Where There is No Animal Doctor”, translated into languages where we have local partners on the ground, asking for a resource text.  Providing the book in the local language may mean that there will now be sufficient milk for children in Sri Lanka, healthier buffalo in South India, better income for nomads in Africa, more piglets to sell so children in rural Thailand can attend school, and pastors in Myanmar can support themselves by raising animals so that they can continue to serve rural churches.  We have six translations completed, five in process and plans for more.

Another type of training that we do is of our volunteer CVM vets.  Whether they are short-term mission trip volunteers going to serve for a week or two, or long-term missionaries going to serve for 3-30 years, or North American veterinarians who want to be more effective at sharing the gospel through their practices at home, we are providing resources for them.  In the last year, we have had a real focus on e- learning modules that provide important resources in fun, interactive 15-20-minute modules online.  It is not as easy as it might sound to take training material designed for a lecture or classroom presentation and translate that into interactive learner-led modules.  So I did an online certificate in virtual teaching and then hired a high tech seminary grad to help me and our online training program was born.  It’s been a year and we now have about 30 different courses. Some courses are specific to a particular short-term trip such as things to know before serving in Nicaragua. Others apply to all believers, such as “Abiding in Christ”.  There are three on cross-cultural skills for short and long-term volunteers.

We want to invite you to join, explore, and learn from our online learning materials. It’s easy for you to register yourself on our e-learning site. Simply navigate to www.cvmusa.org/learn and click “sign up now.” Enter your email address and choose a password. Then click the link in the email you’ll receive, complete your profile, and you’re in! You’ll want to click the menu at the top left and open the catalog to see all the wonderful courses available to you.

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