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Functions Of Kenya Veterinary Board

by Zack Abuyeka

This is a list of key functions of the Kenya Veterinary Board. Kenya Veterinary Board was officially launched on 14th February 2012, in accordance with the provisions of section 4 (1) of the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Para-professionals (VSVP) Act.

The Kenya Veterinary Board comprises of the following members;

  • An administrative member from the Ministry of Livestock and Finance.
  • The director of veterinary services
  • Dean of the Faculty of  Veterinary Medicine of a public Kenyan university
  • A veterinary surgeon (a principal of a veterinary para-professional training institute)
  • 4 elected registered veterinary surgeons
  • 3 elected veterinary para-professionals
  • The chairperson of the Kenya Veterinary Association
  • 1 representative of Veterinary research institutions
  • 1 veterinary surgeon or veterinary para-professional representative of the Kenya wildlife sector
  • 2 persons who are not veterinary surgeons or veterinary paraprofessionals.

Here is a list of core functions of the Kenya Veterinary Board.

1. Approve institutions for the training of veterinary surgeons and various categories of veterinary para-professionals.

2. Prescribe courses of training for veterinary surgeons and veterinary para-professionals

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3. Advice the government on matters relating to veterinary training, research, practice and employment, the use of veterinary medicine, poisons, pesticides and issues relating to animal welfare.

4. Approve qualifications of the various categories of veterinary paraprofessionals for the key purpose of registration.

5. Regulate the use of technology for the purposes of animal breeding.

6. Evaluate human resource and training programs needed to guarantee sound and efficient veterinary service delivery.

7. To establish an inspectorate to work in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to locate, inspect and close down clinics and premises that operate illegally.

8. To facilitate and ensure the improvement and maintenance of standards of practice by registered veterinary persons

9. To put in a clear and definite code of ethics for all registered veterinary persons

10. To register, license and regulate veterinary practices, veterinary laboratories, clinics, animal hospitals and animal welfare institutions.

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