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been registered with the VC, thus the VC at the moment only deals with the veterinary profession. The VC is considering incorporating the paraveterinarians and the Animal Health Technicians into a single Act. The biggest impediment at the moment is that these professionals are not registered as members of an association. The veterinary nurses at the moment are trained and registered in South Africa. The VC considers three types of registration: the Unconditional registration for members meeting all requirements of the VC; the Limited Temporary registration under the supervision of a registered veterinarian for incoming veterinarians and until the date of the next registration exam; and a Restricted registration for veterinarians interested in practicing only in the laboratory or meat inspection at certified abattoirs. The VC meets regularly every three months, or when there is a more urgent need. Their services are provided ad honorem, but their expenses are reimbursed in cases of required travel. The VC accredits all veterinarians coming into Namibia; they also recognize the qualifications of several Veterinary Colleges, graduates of which do not need to take a qualification exam. Among those Colleges recognized by the VC are the schools from South Africa, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and the Royal Veterinary College. This list cannot be modified as it is part of the Act. The VC is currently considering a revision of the Act. For the accreditation, the VC develops the examination material and delivers the exam to applicants, once a year. The examiners include a member of the VS, a private practitioner, a member of the RSA faculty as well as a faculty from an overseas college. The examination consists of a practical and a theoretical examination, a two week practicum at one of the export abattoirs, and a practicum at one of the private veterinary practices. The VC is considering making continuing education a mandatory requirement for maintaining the registration. It will consider attendance to veterinary conferences, as well as online courses to meet this requirement. In all of their activities there is a close collaboration between the VC and the Veterinary Association.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Complete the formal continuing education program for veterinarians Medium / Long Term : Establish comparable programs for veterinary paraprofessional to those already in existence for veterinarians in the VSB.


Namibia PVS report version II 23012009

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