The mandate of the Department of Veterinary Services is to promote animal health and productive efficiency of Livestock in order to contribute towards the alleviation of poverty, food security and income generation. The department covers a wide range of technical disciplines including Animal Health, Veterinary Services, Research, Diagnostics, Vector Control, Extension, Public Health and Epidemiology. The overall objective of the Department is to control diseases in animals and to ensure wholesome food of animal origin
The specific objectives of the Department are:
- To promote animal health through the development and implementation of environmentally sustainable disease and vector control strategies
- To carry out applied research in animal health
To achieve the above objectives, the Department carries out its activities under the four Units namely:
- Veterinary Field Services
- Tsetse and Ecology
- Research and Diagnostics
- Epidemiology and Information
VETERINARY FIELD SERVICES
The functions of this Unit include:
- Preventing and controlling diseases and disease vectors affecting animals
- Carrying out disease surveillance
- Implement disease control strategies
- Preventing and controlling zoonoses
- Regulating animal health and vector control services
TSETSE CONTROL AND ECOLOGY
This Unit is responsible for the control of tsetse flies in infested areas, preventing its spread to non-infested areas. The Unit also addresses issues in regard to the use chemicals in the control of tsetse flies and how the chemicals affect the ecological balance.
DIAGNOSTICS AND RESEARCH
The function of this Unit is to conduct applied research, diagnostics and production of animal vaccines and biologicals.
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFORMATION
This Unit is responsible for the collection, collation and analysis of information on livestock diseases for early warning systems and evidence-based decision making. It is also responsible for the regulation of import and export of livestock, livestock products and livestock by-products in line with World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) principles.