Existing monthly kilometre limits are inadequate to cover the needs in most field offices, due to extensive territory.
Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Recommendations 2006 Report to DVS by AGRIVET Vehicle Needs Assessment for the Directorate of Veterinary Services ‐ June 2008 Detailed findings during visit: Buildings: Headquarters and State Offices are adequate. Most employees have individual offices in the centrally located main building of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources. In terms of communication, all offices (headquarters and State Offices) have telephone, fax and internet access. The field offices and clinics have telephone and fax, but only few have internet at this time. Expansion of internet access and updating of equipment has been budgeted for. VS are planning to build 5 additional Animal Centres north of the surveillance zone with post mortem facilities.
Vehicles: Use of vehicles is provided by either making use of a fleet of government vehicles, or by employees being reimbursed for the use of a personal car on a kilometre driven basis, or in the case of veterinarians and other professionals by participating in a car scheme, where the government provides a monthly allowance for purchase of a car, not older than 5 years.
Cold chain: The cold chain is excellent, they have cold rooms in the larger offices (north) where vaccination against FMD and CBPP is practiced, and smaller offices all have adequate size refrigerators. The offices also have reliable power supply/generators. When in the field, coolers with ice (made at the field offices) are used. For transportation of samples to the laboratory, there is access to a very reliable national courier service.
State Veterinary Office: The SVO is equivalent to a district office of the VS. The Office visited was the one covering the region of Windhoek. A tour of the SVO allowed us to examine the different offices and functions conducted. There was ample space provided by what once must have been a private residence and which is located very centrally in town and only walking distance from the VS and the Central Veterinary Laboratory. The clinic was equipped with basic instrumentation, had a simple cabinet for medicines, and a post mortem room and a large walk‐in cold room. It also had several metal containers for carrying instrumentation and medicines to the field visits. This office also provides clinical service to a military base, police and prison dogs, and the Agricultural College. It also certifies pet animals being exported; they also provide free rabies vaccination to dogs and cats. The SVO also issue movement permits, a service that was very well attended responding to a high demand from local farmers. Three full time AHWs were managing this service with a direct link to the central database. This SVO also housed the Import permit office, as well as provided