Veterinary para professionals and Community Animal Health Workers

Veterinary paraprofessionals or paravets are trained at an intermediary-level (6 months - 2 years). They often apply routine activities such as vaccination, deworming but may as well treat livestock when university-trained veterinarians are not close. 

Community Animal Health Workers, Village Vets, Voluntary Veterinary Workers are often trained for a number of weeks only. They are present in many countries and provide basic animal health services. Both VPPs and CAHWs are often persons with a background in livestock rearing selected from the local community. 

Animal Health Works is working with private and public organisations in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal to support VPPs and CAHWs in delivering their services

ASSESSMENT OF THE VETERINARY FIELD UNITS IN AFGHANISTAN

Contractor: DCA-Livestock Programs

Country: Afghanistan

Duration of activity:  Fall 2019

 

Analysis and reporting on Veterinary Field Units currently operational in Afghanistan, including gaps, needs and recommendations for strengthening the VFU Network.

 

For more information, see website of DCA-Livestock Programs: www.dca-livestock.org 

ACCREDITATION OF COMMUNITY ANIMAL HEALTH WORKERS

Duration of activity:  Since Sept 2018 - with multiple missions into South-East Asia

 

Developing and operationalize accreditation for Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs)

  • Guidelines to CAHW accreditation

  • Training development and support for the CAHW Training Team to conduct Training of Trainers and oversee the training of CAHWs

  • Monitoring and evaluation of CAHW skills and performances

  • Support to policy development on prudent use of antimicrobials by CAHWs 

 

Duration of activity:  Oct-Nov 2017

 

Developing approaches to

  • Training Needs Analysis for Community Animal Health Workers and

  • National accreditation of Community Animal Health Workers

  • Monitor activities and skills of CAHWs

TRAINING ON SERO-SURVEY DESIGN FOR BRUCELLOSIS AND PPR

OIE regional conference on Veterinary Para professionals 

Participation in this conference

Organised by OIE (subregional office SE Asia) and GALVMED

The regional conference on VPPs in Asia featured presentations from representatives of Veterinary Authorities, VSBs and educational institutes of regional countries, as well as experts on the activities of VPPs from international and regional organisations. The regional conference aimed to:
1. increase understanding of OIE’s conception of the scope of VPPs as stipulated in the OIE Terrestrial Code and with reference to the OIE PVS tool and the importance of VPPs in the global development field in terms of the delivery of quality Veterinary Services;
2. review the current situation of VPPs in Asia, notably their training, qualification and status, and the challenges they are experiencing;
3. review the realities of the needs of the Veterinary Services in the field in Asia and discuss how best VPPs may contribute to the delivery of quality Veterinary Services in cooperation with other cadres of actors, notably veterinarians and CAHWs;
4. review the on-going OIE work of identifying minimum competencies for the three streams of VPPs and developing guidelines on core training curricula from the viewpoint of regional applicability;
and
5. explore options for recognising, accrediting and regulating VPPs in the delivery of quality Veterinary Services that are appropriate to individual countries’ contexts
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TRAINING OF LEADERS TO TRAIN CAHWs ON FMD PREVENTION AND CONTROL

Contractor: Massay University - New Zealand

Country: Lao PDR and Myanmar

Beneficiaries: Staff  of DAH and LBVD of Lao PDR and Myanmar respectively

being trained as trainers to train township and district veterinary officers to train VVWs and CAHWs on FMD prevention and control

The objective is to train a cadre of 6 (Myanmar) and 4 (Lao) English speaking veterinary officers (who understand the reality of district-level and township-level animal health officers) to train district-level and township-level officers in how Community Animal Health Workers and farmers can most effectively prevent/control FMD

 

This training was followed-up with technical backstopping in Lao PDR at time trained cadre cascaded their training to district veterinary officers and to village veterinary workers.

PRIMARY ANIMAL HEALTH SERVICES IN AFGHANISTAN: A MODEL FOR THE FUTURE

Contractor: Directorate of Animal Health and Production, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

Country: Afghanistan

Beneficiary: Public and private organizations working with veterinary para-professionals

Duration: February - May 2016

The objective was to take stock of current models for delivery of private animal health services and contract disease control activities for the Directorate of Animal Health, identification of gaps and needs and developing an integrated and well-accepted model for delivery of animal health services by private (para)vets. This includes KAP surveys, questionnaires, workshops and focus group discussions with stakeholders in both the private and public domain of veterinary services.

Details of the outcome of this evaluation can be requested here.

Veterinary Field Unit model

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