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Levels of advancement

III­5 Veterinary

Statutory

Body

1.

There is no legislation establishing a VSB.

The Veterinary Statutory Body (VSB) is an autonomous authority responsible for the regulation of the veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals. Its role is defined in the Terrestrial Code.

2.

There is a VSB, but it does not have legislated

authority to make decisions nor to apply disciplinary measures. 3. The VSB regulates veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals only within certain sectors of the VS (e.g. public

sector but not private sector veterinarians).

4.

The VSB regulates veterinarians and veterinary para

professionals throughout the VS.

5.

The VSB is subject to evaluation procedures in

respect of autonomy, functional capacity and membership

representation.

Results Strengths : A well established VSB (in Namibia, the VSB is called Veterinary Council) empowered by legislation is responsible for accrediting all veterinarians in the country The VSB is formalizing criteria for a formalized continuing education program Weaknesses : Although intended, the veterinary paraprofessionals are not yet included in the VSB Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Veterinary Council of Namibia 2008 Information Brochure Detailed findings during visit: Veterinary Council: The Veterinary Council (VC) was established as the statutory body and juristic person under the Veterinary and ParaVeterinary Professions proclamation in August 1, 1984 (Proclamation AG14 of 1984). It is made up of six officers: three officers designated by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), of whom one is the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), another one another official veterinarian, and one should have the knowledge of law; one veterinarian representing the Veterinary Association; and two veterinarians elected by veterinarians registered under the proclamation and who are permanent residents of Namibia. They serve for a term of three years, the most recent election occurred in May 2008 and Dr. Reiner Hassel was elected president, Dr. Anna Marais serves as registrar of the VC. The main objectives of the VC are: to regulate the practicing of the veterinary and paraveterinary professions and the registration of persons practising; to determine the minimum standards of tuition and training required for degrees, diplomas and certificates entitling the holders to register and practice; to exercise effective control over the professional conduct; to determine the standards of professional conduct; to encourage and promote highest ethics in regards to the practice of the professions; to protect the interests of the professions; to maintain and enhance the prestige, status and dignity of the professions; and to advice the Minister of Agriculture in relation to any matter affecting the veterinary and the paraveterinary profession. The paraveterinary professions (veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians) presently have not yet

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