Responding to rapidly growing and diverse needs in veterinary medicine and veterinarians at the global scale, it is essential to provide internationally acceptable high-quality veterinary education. This situation has required us to establish a cooperative veterinary education program by combining the educational resources of Hokkaido University School of Veterinary Medicine and Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. The program objectives cannot not be achieved by a single university in the past. The primary purpose of the program is to provide excellent veterinary education that meets international standards and to train veterinarians who possess all of the four traits:
- Have a code of conduct based on logics and ethics to complete their responsibilities as veterinarians.
- Have distinguished knowledge and skills in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases, maintenance and promotion of animal health, and public health.
- Have international perspectives, knowledge, and skills to contribute to addressing global issues such as stable food supply, safety and security of livestock and livestock products, and countermeasures against zoonoses.
- Be exposed to cutting-edge life science research, and have the ability to raise and resolve problems that need to be addressed for new discoveries about life phenomena and the development of pharmaceuticals, based on veterinary science.