Veterinary Services


Supporting National Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services, in both their public and private components, play an essential role in the development and implementation of policies to manage animal health risks.

Capacity Building for National Veterinary Services is one of the strategic objectives of the WOAH. Strengthening the capacity of WOAH Members’ Veterinary Services is important to achieve the improvement of animal health, veterinary public health, and animal welfare while improving their ability to participate in the development of international standards and guidelines on these matters.

Regional Activities

The WOAH activities in the Middle East region to support national Veterinary Services include PVS pathway-related activities, workshops for veterinary education establishments and veterinary statutory bodies, and capacity building activities directed at national Delegates and National Focal points for disease information, wildlife, aquatic animals, animal welfare, food safety, communication, veterinary drugs and laboratories, and animal welfare-related issues.

Public and private veterinarians acting in the framework of national Veterinary Services have a major role to play in ensuring animal and public health as well as the sustainability of local and global rural livelihoods. Their mission, involving animal health surveillance, early detection of and rapid response to animal disease outbreaks as well as animal welfare, cannot be fulfilled without the appropriate regulatory framework and the necessary means to enforce the corresponding legislation, including appropriate human and financial resources and effective private and public partnerships. Good governance is a key to enhancing agricultural production and income generation, in addition to improving public health, poverty reduction, and animal welfare worldwide.

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