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College of Veterinary Medicine, NPUST
Animal Vaccine Technology

 

History 
The Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology was established in 2005, first of its kind in Taiwan. As an important way of controlling diseases, vaccines are one of the most ideal choices of methods to combat the over-use of antibiotics. In 2003, the Center for Vaccine and Adjuvant Technology was established and subsequently to train talents in this field and to improve the competitiveness of the industry, the GIAVT was inaugurated. The faculty currently consists of three associate professors and five assistant professors, each with significant achievements in the field of vaccine development, along with cooperation with the vaccine industry.
 
Educational goals 
Education is focused on infectious diseases of animals and the development of vaccines. Vaccinology, Adjuvants and Vaccine Engineering are mandatory classes, with supplementary classes such as pathogenesis, infectious diseases, immunology and other fundamental classes. The goal is to train students with social responsibility, professionalism and international perspective in response to the demand of the vaccine industry today.
 
Core competencies 
1.Vaccine and biotechnology marketing capability 
2.Independent thinking and Project coordination
3. Ethical behavior and Basic knowledge of relevant laws 
4.Global perspective
 
Future development 
1. Development of new technology, training of competent researchers, and integration of research projects and facilities to accelerate the speed of technology development.
2. Industrial application of developed technology is an important goal. The transfer of technology from the laboratories to the production line ultimately validates the research efforts invested.
3. Provide a conduit for teacher/student interaction in order better train students, fulfilling the task of a technical education.
4. To fully implement the technical transfer of developed vaccine technology.
 
Curriculum 
The curriculum is focused on infectious diseases of animals and the development of vaccines. Vaccinology, Adjuvants and Vaccine Engineering are mandatory classes, with supplementary classes such as pathogenesis, infectious diseases, immunology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and other fundamental classes.
 
Facilities 
Facilities of the Institute include the Pilot Vaccine Production Plant, the Research Center for Vaccines and Adjuvants, Animal Research Center. Equipments include: 30L and 10L fermenters, antigen centrifuge, automatic titrator, low temperature concentrator, lyophilizer, roller bottle incubators, emulsifier, protein purification, nanofluidizer and other vaccine production-related equipments.
 
Faculty 
There are twelve professors at the Institute: 6 professors, 2 associate professors and 4 assistant professors. Faculty members are directly involved in vaccine and adjuvant research, with extensive publication and patents.
 
Career Prospects 
Graduating students may choose to continue research work in academic institutions, research units, or vaccine companies. Some elect to work in hospitals, the public sector or private companies. Other areas include feed companies, drug manufacturers, equipment companies, farms and other vaccine-related companies.