Definition of Terms
Animal Health Technician: Veterinary para‐professionals that have completed an established three to four year curriculum at a college. The Agriculture College in
Windhoek is one of the institutions providing this training.
Animal Health Worker: similar to Community Animal Health Workers.
technicians, often farmers, are trained within the VS in a six months course. The VS have developed Veterinarian keeps a roster of all AHWs available.
by State training
Laboratory Diagnostician: professional equivalent to veterinarians working at the laboratory, but holding a masters level degree in microbiology, immunology, etc.
Stakeholder: A person, institution or organisation with a significant interest (technical, legal, financial, etc.) in the activities of the VS.
State Veterinarian: A title given to all ‘official veterinarians’ within the Veterinary Services of Namibia, regardless of where they are stationed.
State Veterinary Office: regional offices within the VS of Namibia, these offices are headed by a State Veterinarian and staffed by other veterinarians (not always) and veterinary para‐professionals.
Veterinary Council: the official statutory body of Namibia, which was established under the Proclamation Act AG14 of 1984. It is responsible for the accreditation and licensing of all veterinarians in Namibia.
Veterinary Hygiene Inspector: para‐professional holding a four year degree in environmental health, meat hygiene, an equivalent degree to bachelors in food technology. Most VHI have been trained in South Africa, but since 2008 training is also being provided at the Polytechnic Institute of Namibia.
Veterinary Inspectors Assistant: an equivalent to AHW, receiving a six months training within the VS. Their function is to conduct inspection functions within the abattoir, but under the direct supervision of a VHI.