Commissioner - Dr. Nicholas Kauta
The department is entrusted with responsibilities in all areas of animal health, including national animal disease prevention and eradication programmes.
The department also oversees development and certification programmes for organic honey, now an important export product.
Key objective of the department is; To investigate and control animal diseases, protect humans against communicable diseases from animals to humans, control vectors such as tsetse flies, ticks among others, certify and enforce compliance of veterinary regulations, promote the development of apiculture and sericulture.
- Formulate and review policies on animal control diseases; disease communicable from animal to man.
- Formulate strategies for controlling new and emerging animal diseases in the country.
- Formulate and enforce laws/ regulations on animal health.
- Formulating strategies for controlling the spread of animal epidemic; sporadic and epidemic diseases in the country.
- Monitor the outbreak and prevalence of animal diseases communicable from animals to man in the country as well as in the neighbouring countries.
- Examining laboratory samples from the districts as a technical support for animal disease surveillance and control.
- Ensuring availability of technical infrastructure such as laboratories, animal quarantine stations, animal holding grounds, stock routes, cattle dips, animal crushes among others.
- Collect, collate, retrieve- process and disseminate veterinary epidemiology data.
- To advise the district authorities and decision makers on effective and efficient animal disease control strategies.
- To collaborate with research and international organization on animal disease
This department has three divisions;
1) National Disease Control division
2) Inspection and Regulation division
3) Entomology division
The functions of the respective divisions are described below;
Disease Control Division
Key functions of this division are;
- Formulating strategies for controlling the spread of animal disease and disease epidemic countrywide.
- Monitoring outbreaks and prevalence of disease in the country as well as in neighbouring countries.
- Examining laboratory samples from the districts as a back up for disease control programmes.
- Prompt collection, collation and dissemination of epidemiology data.
- Advising the district authorities and the decision makers on disease control strategy.
- Collaborating with research and international organization on disease control matters.
- Ensuring availability of new castle disease vaccine, Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia vaccine vaccine, as well as other animal vaccines and vital drugs.
Inspection and Regulation Division
Key functions of this division are;
- Formulating and enforcement of regulations pertaining to animal health.
- Advise on importation, distribution and marketing of drugs and chemicals for use of livestock.
- Enforcement of laws and regulations to prevent spread of disease from animals to humans.
- Registration and supervision of veterinary practitioners so that they perform in accordance with laws, regulations and codes of professional conduct.
- Enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to animal welfare.
- Monitoring and inspecting the importation of animals and animal products, including inspections at boarder entry points, to prevent the introduction of disease from other countries.
- Monitoring and inspecting to ensure that exported animals and animal products meet international health standards.
- Inspecting and monitoring the livestock health activities of the local government to ensure that they are in conformity with national policies, standards, legislation and plans.
- Coordinating and harmonizing the livestock health control activities of the various local governments.
- Providing technical advise/assistance, support supervision and training to the local government personnel engauged in livestock health control, as may be required.
Many functions relating to entomological services, including vermin control, were decentralized to Districts.(Local government act 1997). The centre retains responsibility for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation, technical guidance and national standards. In so doing, the centre is expected to build capacity in Districts to enable them to effectively manage the Tsetse Control Programme, to monitor the animal acaricides and insecticide usage, and to manage the National Tick Survey. The department also continues to handle Apiculture and Sericulture development..
The functions of the division are;
- National Tsetse Control
- Formulating national policies on the control of tsetse and nuisance biting flies on economic importance.
- Developing and harmonizing strategic national and regional plans for the control of tsetse and nuisance biting flies.
- Providing technical guidance and advice to local governments and district technical staff on all aspects relating to the control of tsetse and nuisance biting flies.
- Updating and maintaining national data on tsetse and nuisance biting flies distribution, population density, species composition and control.
- Coordinating the implementation of district and regional tsetse control activities.
- Managing the national tsetse control pesticide residue monitoring laboratory, museum and cartographic unit.
- Advising on importation and usage of chemicals for tsetse control.
- Monitoring and evaluating the performance of national tsetse control regulations and programmes.
- Planning, mobilizing and managing tsetse control operations in epidemic outbreaks of human sleeping sickness and animal trypanasomiasis.
- Collaborating with international agencies and institutions associated with the control of tsetse.