KENYA VETERINARY PARAPROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (K.V.P.A)

HISTORY

The Kenya veterinary paraprofessional association (KVPA) is a registered association with the registrar of societies to represent the veterinary paraprofessionals who has undergone a minimum of two years post-secondary education in Animal Health from recognized institutions in Animal health by the Kenya Veterinary board. Kenya Veterinary Paraprofessional Association (K.V.P.A) was formed in the year 2012 by a group of veterinary paraprofessionals who felt that they needed a professional body to represent their welfare issues. This was after the veterinary surgeons and veterinary paraprofessional Act 29 of 2011 was passed. Our mission is to represent the veterinary paraprofessional in the Kenya veterinary board as required by the Act while also addressing the welfare issues of the members. Our vision is to be the future national leading Association for the veterinary paraprofessionals that will represent members in national and international levels in welfare and financial capacity.

 OUR FUNTIONS

  • Keeping the members of the association updated on the ongoing and upcoming activities in the Animal Health industry.
  • Organizing activities that will improve on the efficiency of our members who are the major stakeholders in the livestock industry
  •  Bringing together veterinary paraprofessionals through meetings and social online platforms.
  • Sensitizing our members on the important issues affecting the livestock subsector that is through emphasizing on issues like animal welfare, professionalism and accountability.

OUR OBJECTIVES

 

  • To promote the welfare of animals through the five freedoms of animal welfare that is There are the freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom to express normal behavior; freedom from discomfort; Freedom from fear and distress and freedom from pain, injury or diseases
  • To represent members and front their welfare issues as required under The Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Par-Professionals Act, Number 29 of 2011,hereinafter,the Act       
  • To promote, safeguard and protect the health of animals, as defined under the above Act    
  • To offer capacity building to livestock farmers, and other animal keepers where necessary, for the sake of promoting animal health and new technologies as a source of livelihood and food security.
  • To promote professionalism within our members

Farm animals are an ancient, vital and renewable natural resource. Throughout the developing world, they are means for hundreds of millions of people to escape absolute poverty. Livestock in developing countries contribute up to 80 percent of agricultural GDP; 600 million rural poor people rely on livestock for their livelihoods. Globally, livestock are becoming agriculture’s most economically important sub-sector, with demand in developing countries for animal foods projected to double over the next 20 years. The ongoing ‘livestock revolution’ offers many of the world’s poor a pathway out of poverty.

Livestock not only provide people with food, income, traction and fertilizer but also act as catalysts that transform subsistence farming into income-generating enterprises, allowing poor households to join the market economy.

Holding back livestock development in poor countries are inappropriate policies, scarce livestock feeds, devastating diseases, degraded lands and water resources, and poor access to markets.

That being the case, the veterinary technologists and technicians will play a very important role in offering their expertise to help realize the Kenyan vision 2030 where we will be able to feed ourselves with the required animal proteins

And is due to this that the veterinary paraprofessionals are of immense importance in the livestock sub sector