See The Challenges Hindering the Growth of the Veterinary Council
The Veterinary Council of Nigeria has highlighted various challenges militating against the full realisation of its mandates, among which are poor funding, lack of effective administrative structure obsolete and outdated laws and legislations.
The Council members disclosed this in a communique issued at the end of the retreat held for council members in Abuja.
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According to the communique, “There is a lack of synergy leading to disconnect in the operation of different professional groups in the animal health sector leading to non-optimal service delivery.
“Standard, focus and delivery of veterinary Continuing Education Programme (CEP) of the council, over the years, has dwindled making it unable to meet CEP original set objectives and expectations.
“There is a lack of sound administrative structure of the College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria (CVSN) leading to the inability of the College to deliver on its set mandates”
It explained that there is lack of well-structured regional integration and collaboration on veterinary matters that would open up opportunities for veterinarians in the ECOWAS sub-region and beyond.
In part, it reiterated the need to urgently restructure the veterinary council of Nigeria to meet both current and future needs of the profession and review laws to meet current realities and also seek means of improving its funding status through the increased governmental budgetary provision, internally generated revenue drive, collaborative grants and donations from corporate organisations, donor agencies and development partners.
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The Council resolved to digitalise the veterinary activities and practice, vigorously pursue the realisation of the establishment of the Veterinary Specialist Hospital, Abuja project, pursue regional integration of Veterinary activities, job creation in public service for young veterinarians and also create an enabling environment for private veterinary practice.
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