Bam animal clinics together with the WTG-Vets United entered into partnership since 2015 and as a result the wtg-vets united offered to extend a training program targeting Veterinary professionals. The main objective was to help the professionals continue developing their carriers and gain more skills to ably perform their practices with even more skills and competences.We have since 2016 organized several workshops for all Vet professionals in 6 districts of Eastern Uganda ie Iganga, Mayuge, Bugiri, Namutumba, Jinja and Luuka.
Based on the results of the strategy meeting in Tanzania, CPD for vets/paravets is a crucial challenge for improving animal welfare. CPD will provide unique opportunities for improving and broadening skills, knowledge as well as developing personal qualities which will ensures that professionals remains competent. This also include promoting animal welfare and awareness to a broader public.
The need for CPD has been also recognized by OIE member countries and cannot be overemphasized. Accordingly, all countries of the Eastern African Community (EAC) with exception of Uganda, have at implemented CPD programmes for veterinarians. CPD for paraveterinarians is in fact rare for all EAC member countries including Uganda. Therefore, a CPD training program needs to be developed and realized.The necessity on CPD was also main concern at the UVA meeting in Kampala 11.2017 and was announced after the meeting for Uganda. Next to the official launch, decentralized CPD programmes have to be built up and made accessible for vets and paravets locally.
BAM Animal Clinics in partnership with WTG is running a similar program since 2016. Already 60 paravets were trained duringthis time. Also, a team of local trainers were trained during this period of time which are now able to offer animal welfare training based on the VETS UNITED online resource. Our training content is basically derived from well researched course materials designed by experts at WTG-Vets united for already professionals and are grouped in three majorly workshops:
Every workshop includes :
- Practical instructions
- Training films
- Theoretical And Practical Tests
- Upon completion eachParticipants receive a certificate.
Our course design is a balance with theory contents in class and more of a participatory approach and the practical aspect involves both onsite and hand on animals and then wound up with field outreach programs to treat community animals at no costs.Throughout our workshops training engagements, we have collaborated with all DVOs from where our participants come from the, local authorities, the Resident District commissioners, and senior citizens to preside over either the opening or closing of our workshops.