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B.

Veterinary paraprofessionals

Levels of advancement

and other technical personnel

1.

The majority of technical positions are not

occupied by personnel holding technical qualifications.

2.

The majority of technical positions at central and

state / provincial levels are occupied by personnel holding technical qualifications. 3. The majority of technical positions at local (field) levels are occupied by personnel holding technical qualifications. 4. The majority of technical positions are effectively supervised on a regular basis. 5. There are effective management procedures for formal appointment and performance assessment of

veterinary paraprofessionals.

Results Strengths : Animal health inspectors, animal health workers and lab technicians are an integral part of the VS The VS have identified programmes for the training of animal health workers and animal health technicians VS have managed to cover the lack of veterinarians with welltrained animal health technicians. There is a good level of supervision of these paraprofessionals by the VS veterinarians. Weaknesses : While the paraprofessional skills and level of training are adequate in most cases, the high number of vacant positions in many places, constitutes a weakness. Paraprofessionals (AHT) are not formally organized, and not yet included in the accreditation programme of the Veterinary Statutory Body (VC) Supporting documentation (documents or photos): University of Namibia, Faculty of Agric and Nat Resources, Yearbook 2007 and 2008 Handbook for Meat Examiners, Course in Meat Hygiene and Meat Inspection Letter to Abattoir State Veterinarians on Training Program for Public Veterinary Hygiene Inspector Assistants at Tsumis Park, Namibia, from 04 February 2008 to 29 February 2008 PVS CVL updated 25 Jul 2008 version (Table 1) Detailed findings during visit: See “Detailed findings during visit” of point I.1.A. on Laboratory Staff

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :

Medium / Long Term : Must make greater efforts to fill vacant paraprofessional positions Establish an accreditation programme and minimal criteria for formal recognition of Animal

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