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Competencies of veterinary

Levels of advancement

paraprofessionals

The majority of veterinary paraprofessionals have no formal entrylevel training. The training of veterinary paraprofessionals is of a very variable standard and allows the development of only limited animal health competencies. The training of veterinary paraprofessionals is of a uniform standard that allows the development of only basic animal health competencies. The training of veterinary paraprofessionals is of a uniform standard that allows the development of some

specialist inspection).

animal

health

competencies

(e.g.

meat

The training of veterinary paraprofessionals is of a uniform standard and is subject to regular evaluation and/or updating.

Results Strengths : Well defined criteria for the various paraprofessional levels, 34 year university training required for many of the paraprofessional levels (AHT and VHI) Established inhouse training for community animal health workers (AHW) Weaknesses : Paraprofessionals (AHT) are not formally associated and not included in Statutory Body Accreditation Programme Supporting documentation (documents or photos): University of Namibia, Faculty of Agric and Nat Resources, Yearbooks 2007 and 2008 Definition of Terms for AHT, VHI, VIA, AHW Handbook for Meat Examiners NASSP Training Manual of Community Animal Health Agents September 2006 Detailed findings during visit: The competencies of paraprofessionals and community animal health workers within DVS were well outlined and applied. There is a good utilization of these categories of personnel, particularly in overcoming the shortage of veterinarians in the service. There was evidence of a close communication and direct involvement by State Veterinarians in the routine work of AHT. There is a direct involvement by DVS veterinarians in the training of AHT at the University of Namibia, as well as an involvement by State Veterinarians in the inhouse training of AHW.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Hire a consultant to advise on how to incorporate paraprofessionals under the Veterinary

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