Post Profiles of professionals
Detailed findings during visit: While the majority of the filled positions are staffed with well qualified professionals, the excessive number of vacancies will continue to hinder the ability of the DVS to function at an optimal level and be able to consider advancements.
All staff of DVS: The 2006 Annual Report describes that DVS had 737 approved posts, but that only 457 (62%) of these were filled. Twenty‐two of the vacancies were in the professional veterinarian and diagnostician grades, 81 in technical support staff and 150 in the administrative and auxiliary grades. All except two posts were budgeted for.
Laboratory Staff: The CVL is headed by a Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer; it has a recently recruited Quality Manager, administrative and technical staff, veterinarians and veterinary diagnosticians. Veterinary diagnosticians have a master’s degree in microbiology. Of the 48 total positions, only 35 are currently filled. Five of these vacant positions are leading positions of university trained staff (e.g. the position of the head of laboratory has been vacant for the past two years). Further, three positions for technicians and five for labourers or work hands are also not filled. Reasons for the vacant positions are that there are not enough qualified personnel in the country (especially for the veterinary positions), and that the wages cannot compete with industry wages (especially in the case of quality manager and technicians). The current staff tries to cover most of the missing positions. In the regional laboratories, eight of the 22 posts are not filled.
Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :
Medium / Long Term : Must make bigger efforts to train and recruit additional veterinarians. Current efforts, while commendable are clearly not sufficient.