The World Organisation for Animal Health (founded as OIE) recognises the importance of veterinary paraprofessionals (VPPs) in veterinary service delivery, and the PVS Tool includes assessments related to the staffing and competency of veterinary paraprofessionals as well as veterinarians in Veterinary Services. VPPs play an important role in providing basic veterinary service delivery in most resource-constrained or developing countries. In many cases, VPPs act as the frontline service providers in rural areas offering preventive or curative services. VPPs can also contribute to improving disease surveillance, including early detection, and disease control in remote areas.
WOAH has organised multiple events to identify members’ needs and priorities on the topic of VPPs and also published (i) Competency Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals (2018) and (ii) Curricula Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals (2019) designed to deliver the desired knowledge, skills, attitudes and aptitudes.
As the next step, WOAH HQ, RRAP, and SRR-SEA co-organised the “Virtual Regional Awareness Raising Workshop on Veterinary Workforce and VPPs” in June-July 2021.
Objectives of this workshop were to:
This workshop was divided into 5 sessions on 5 days and attended by over 230 participants from 28 WOAH Member countries and territories in total.