Veterinary Services Division

VETERINARY SERVICES DIVISION

Objective

To control livestock disease, safeguard of livestock health, protection of public health and promoting safe trade in livestock and livestock products.

Functions

  • To initiate and review veterinary services policy. Guidelines and standards.
  • To coordinate veterinary services in the country.
  • To monitor implementation of veterinary services.
  • To build capacity of professional staff in the veterinary services.
  • To carry out diseases surveillance.

This Division will be led by a Director and will have four ($) Sections as follows: -

  1. Trans-boundary Animal Diseases Control Section.

This Section will perform the following activities: -

  • Provide policies and guidelines for control of Trans-boundary livestock diseases.
  • Design and implement integrates programmes for control of Trans-boundary livestock diseases.
  • Coordinate and supervise animal diseases surveillance and reporting.
  • Provide skills for planning and implementation of animal diseases control programmes to Local Government Authorities staff.
  • Control non infectious diseases.
  • Facilitate provision of animal health services for control of Livestock Diseases in disadvantaged areas.
  • Monitor and draw up programmes for control of skin diseases that affect quality of hides and skins.
  • Set up disease free zones, facilitate formulation and implementation of disease control in the zones.

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

  1. Zoo Sanitary and Animal Welfare Services Section

This Section will perform the following activities: -

  • Regulate animal clinical trials.
  • Develop and implement guidelines on humane handling of animals.
  • Regulate humane treatment of animals including humane slaughter, use of draught and lab animals, housing and transportation of animals.
  • Collaboration with LGAs in making by Laws for effective enforcement of Animal Welfare Act.
  • Supervise animal welfare and zoo sanitary Inspectors.
  • Regulate in Country and International movement of animals, animal products and by-products.
  • Provide inputs for formulation of policies and legislation for the control of import and export of animal, animal products and by-products.
  • Establish and maintain animal quarantine facilities.
  • Regulate parent stock farms and hatcheries.
  • Promote awareness on importance and compliance to animal zoo-sanitary measures.
  • Manage and guide the development of the National Livestock Identification, Registration and Traceability System.
  • Develop policy, strategies, activities and implementation plan for the establishment and operationalization of the National Livestock Identification Registration and Traceability System.
  • Liaise and collaboration with Regional and International organisations on matters relating to livestock identification, registration and traceability.
  • Manage the National Livestock Registry, Database and authorize accessibility of information.

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

  1. Vector and Parasitic Diseases Control Section

This Section will perform the following activities: -

  • Design and implement integrated programmes for control of tics and other vectors.
  • Design and implement integrated programmes for control tics and other vector borne diseases.
  • Coordinate rehabilitation construction and management of dip tanks.
  • Eradicate tsetse flies and Trypanosomosis.
  • Facilitate and monitor control activities foe other vector borne diseases.
  • Formulate laws and regulations for control of vector and parasiticaldiseases.
  • Provide skills for control of vector and parasitical diseases to Veterinary Staff in Local Government Authorities.

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

  1. Veterinary Public Health Services Section

The Section will perform the following activities: -

  • Facilitate and monitor meat hygiene (including meat, abattoir slaughter facilities and meat factories inspection).
  • Facilitate and monitor milk and milk products quality (including milk and milk factories inspection).
  • Set and maintain standards for livestock inputs products and by products and to strengthen their regulatory services.
  • Monitor safety and quality assurance of veterinary drugs vaccines and biological and other inputs.
  • Monitor and control veterinary drugs, pesticides residues and other toxicities in foods of animal origin.
  • Formulate, coordinate and where applicable supervise implementation of control programmes for Zoonoses.
  • Facilitate and monitor forage and feedstuffs quality control.

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

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