The Director of Livestock, Lonny Bong says it is vital that veterinary services are carried out by Livestock Officers in order to control any unwanted diseases at the primary level

therefore the Paravet Course is the way forward for the Livestock Department to addressing animal health and meat quality at the primary stage of production.

The Director makes the remarks as 18 Livestock Officers sit their final examinations to qualify as Para Vets this week and next week.

A total of six Livestock Officers from Shefa and Tafea who are experts in animal husbandry, dairy production and laboratory techniques are expected to sit the Summer Course examination for five days this week.

A total of 12 Officers from the Northern Region will sit the same examination next week.

Senior Vet for the North Dr. Israel Wore from the Solomons, is seconded by the South Pacific Community to oversee the examination.

Bong says the paravets will be the ‘bridge’ linking vets and rural farmers, where communication will be improved as more educational programmes on basic veterinary skills are made available to farmers in rural communities.

Currently there are two vets one based in the South and one in the North of the country, and are employed by Department of Biosecurity (Vanuatu).

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