In terms of continuing education for personnel, each SVO (veterinarian) is responsible for the continuing on the job education of their AHT personnel. The continuing education programs for veterinarians, as well as for AHT are organized also by the Veterinary Association.
Central Import/ Export Office: The Import Permit Office (IPO) is an integral part of the VS and it is located in the same building with the SVO of Windhoek. The unit is headed by Dr. Albertina Shilongo, a veterinarian trained at the University of Camanguey in Cuba. (There are several veterinarians and AHT who received their training in Cuba). The import procedures and protocols are established by the VS and are covered under the General Act 13 of 1956. There are no other regulatory or legal procedures involved in the establishment or modification of established import regulations. While there is a national enquiry point for WTO matters, there is no contact by this national enquiry point office with the VS. Therefore, import requirements and changes in these are not notified as part of WTO obligations. The information on import requirements into Namibia are not included in the DVS website, it must be obtained by directly contacting the Import Permit Office. The IPO is the sole responsible for issuing import permits for animals and animal products into Namibia. The main imports are chicken, eggs, pork and dairy products from registered establishments in the RSA, New Zealand, France, Brazil, Canada and Australia. The import permit is based on a paper document which is first issued and signed by the Import officer and then handled with the importation. When the imported product enters the country it must be accompanied by a section that was completed by the exporting authority, or an export permit from that authority. The entire process is tracked electronically within the NamLITS system. The imported animals must come in with a special fire brand mark on the neck identifying them as imported animals, whose products are not fit for export. These animals receive a different color eartag (green, as opposed to the yellow eartag for Namibian animals). There are four border posts, in addition to the international airport at Windhoek and the seaport at Swakopmund. The only animals that are quarantined at the Windhoek facility are imported dogs, cats and horses.
Trans Kalahari Border Post to Botswana: We visited the border post at Buitepos, the only official eastern border post between Botswana and Namibia.which was at the time managed by Mr. Naftali Kambungu. The post is manned by VS Animal Health Workers receiving a 6 months training at the Agricultural College. They each work 8 hour shifts, 16 hours a day, and work side by side with immigration and customs counterparts. They are trained on how to enforce the import/export regulations, including the inspection of all vehicles transporting animals and animal products. On‐the‐job training is done by the State Veterinarians, who come and inspect the post 2 to 3 times per year. When irregularities or animal health issues are detected by the border inspector, they immediately contact the State Veterinarian to determine the course of action to be taken. All import permits are controlled at the border and proper notification goes to VS through the NamLITS and faxes if necessary. All vehicles and persons must visit the border post when crossing the border. Individuals are allowed to transport up to 25 kg of meat and meat products for personal consumption, as part of a Namibia‐ Botswana, South Africa agreement. This condition can be revoked immediately after the notification of an outbreak in one of the three countries.