45 V eterinarians play an important role in the East Afri- can economy by ensuring that animal diseases are controlled, thus maintaining, for example, healthy livestock for increased agricultural production. The ex- change of skills and knowledge among professionals across the region leads to deepened knowledge and the dissemina- tion of best practices across borders. A mutual recognition agreement in the profession has spurred the exchange of experiences and enabled professionals to work not just in their home country, but in the other East African countries too. A pilot Veterinary Internship programme was initiated by the EAC-GIZ programme to motivate future veterinarians to gather experience in neighbouring countries, thus con- tributing to the free movement of people and services as en- visaged in the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with life. Five students from each participating country (Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya) were recruited and underwent a five day course at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Veteri- nary Medicine. The learning modules were developed in the three Veterinary Associations involved and focused on hands-on, practical aspects, including veterinary products, research, and practice. This was followed by practicals at selected veterinary clinics in the three Partner States. Hands-on tasks such as opera- Young Veterinarians Exchange in Practice tions were tackled in each practical following a harmonised checklist and ensuring that all interns were exposed to the same experiences at the same depth. Finally, a one day vis- it to the Regulatory Authority, the Veterinary Department Headquarters, and the Vet Association Headquarters in each of the three Partner States provided an opportunity to dis- cuss topics such as mandates, routine operations, as well as opportunities and challenges for practitioners. A reflection workshop at the end of the pilot internship period provided the basis on which the harmonised internship programme for the EAC region can be developed. East African Pilot Internship Adrian Evance Materu was one of the participants in the first pilot Veterinary Internship Programme. He was selected from the five best graduates of the Sokoine University of Agriculture to represent Tanzania during the 45 day programme. “I am very grateful for the opportunity this internship has given me to work in Uganda and Kenya. It has really widened my horizon, because I did not know that such endeavours to enable the free movement of professionals existed. The internship has motivated me to look for career opportunities in other East African countries too, not only in Tanzania, once I’ve finished my studies.”