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Promotion of veterinary services

Improve the legal framework and resources of national Veterinary Services

The Veterinary Services and laboratories of developing and transition countries are in urgent need of support to provide them with the necessary infrastructure, resources and capacities that will enable their countries to benefit more fully from the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS Agreement) while at the same time providing greater protection for animal health and public health and reducing the threat for other countries which are free of diseases.

The OIE considers the Veterinary Services as a Global Public Good and their bringing into line with international standards (structure, organisation, resources, capacities, role of paraprofessionals) as a public investment priority


Update on the evaluations of veterinary services in Africa (PVS methodology)

The PVS tool, which stands for Performance of Veterinary Services tool, is designed to assist veterinary services, and in particular veterinary administrations, to establish their current level of performance, to identify gaps and weaknesses regarding their ability to comply with OIE international standards, to form a shared vision with stakeholders (including the private sector) and to establish priorities and carry out strategic initiatives.

More information on the PVS tool may be found here

Since 2006, more than 120 countries have been assessed through the PVS methodology, out of which more than 50 in Africa More statistics here

Update on the WHO joint external evaluations (JEE) of implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) in Africa

The Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary, collaborative process to assess a country’s capacity under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats whether occurring naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events.

The JEE allows countries to identify the most urgent needs within their health security system; to prioritize opportunities for enhanced preparedness, response and action; and to engage with current and prospective donors and partners to target resources effectively.

More information on the JEE tool may be found here

Since 2016, more than 60 countries have been assessed through the JEE Tool methodology, out of which more than 30 in Africa More statistics here



Veterinary Services : a Global Public Good

The OIE and its Member Countries believe that the concept of veterinarians as professionals who are only concerned with animal diseases should be broadened to include areas of activity that focus on public health outcomes, the control of risks along the food chain, as well as the welfare of animals.

The OIE considers Veterinary Services to be a Global Public Good and their bringing into line with international standards (in terms of legislation, structure, organisation, resources, capacities, the role of the private sector and paraprofessionals) as a public investment priority.

The official agreement signed by the OIE and the World Bank in 2001 supports this view. Sanitary standards related to animal health (including zoonoses) and animal welfare should be developed and steps must be taken to improve the capacity of official Veterinary Services to rapidly detect, diagnose and control animal diseases.

Furthermore, to be able to support access of animals and their products to national, regional and international markets, Veterinary Services, especially in developing and in transition countries, need to improve their ability to collect and rapidly disseminate national data on animal diseases

PVS mission conducted in South Africa (2012)
Picture (c) Emilio Leon (oie) 2012

PVS mission conducted in Swaziland (2015)
Picture (c) Julie Punderson (oie) 2015


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