VETERINARY COUNCIL OF TANZANIA
MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES
P.O BOX 2870
TEL +255 26 2323235; +255 22 2860664
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE VETERINARY COUNCIL OF TANZANIA
The establishment of the Veterinary Council of Tanzania is pursuant to Section 3 of the Veterinary Act (CAP 319) after the repeal of the former Veterinary Surgeons Ordinance (CAP 376). The Council is mandated to regulate the activities of the veterinary profession and delivery of animal health services in Tanzania.
The Vision of the Council: is to become an effective institution that ensures the provision of accessible and sustainable quality veterinary services for improved quality livestock and livestock products.
The mission: is to regulate the veterinary profession in order to contribute fully to food security and poverty eradication through increased quality livestock and livestock products in an environmentally friendly manner.
and study. Further to that it initiated sensitisation and awareness on public-private partnership, inspection of veterinary practice and auditing of training curricula for veterinarians and paraprofessionals.
Core values include upholding code of conduct and ethics, timeliness, honesty and integrity, transparency and accountability, impartiality and objectivity, commitment to serving the public, team work, volunteerism, commitment to protecting the environment, uphold animal welfare, avoidance of conflict of interest, equality and social justice, commitment to excellence, capacity development, networking and collaboration.
The role, functions and mandates of the Council are as stipulated under Section 5 of the Act, and they include;
(a)To register Veterinarians, Veterinary Specialists and veterinary practice facilities, enrol Paraprofessionals and enlist Paraprofessional Assistants pursuant to this Act;
(b)To advise and make recommendations to the Minister on any matters relating to veterinary practice. In
(c)To regulate veterinary practice;
(d)To recognize qualifications, training facilities, training institutions and colleges;
(e)To collaborate with other relevant institutions or bodies in accrediting courses of training curriculum, which provide qualifications for registrations of Veterinarians Veterinary Specialists, enrolment of Paraprofessional and enlistment of Paraprofessional Assistants
(f)To determine the minimum standards for, veterinary Practice facilities;
(g)Conduct scope of practice of practice activities by Veterinarians, Veterinary Specialists, Paraprofessionals and Paraprofessional Assistants;
(h)Training proficiency required for degree, diploma certificates or any other award entitling the holders thereof to practice;
(i)Exercise effective disciplinary control over the professional ethics and conduct of veterinary practice;
(j)Promote and encourage educational advancement with regard to the practice of the Veterinary Profession;
(k)Provide information and education as regards to the Veterinary Profession;
(l)Facilitate collaborations among persons and organizations relating to veterinary practice in order to enhance dignity and integrity of the veterinary profession;
(m) Initiate and provide advice to the body for the time being responsible for regulating the use of veterinary pharmaceuticals, drugs and poisons;
(n)To arrange and conduct qualifying examinations to establish competence in veterinary education and practice;
(o)To monitoring the performance of veterinarians, veterinary specialists, paraprofessionals and Paraprofessional Assistants;
- (p)To perform such other functions as may be required
Council members and administration
Members of the fifth triennium of the Council were appointed in April, 2017 by the then Minister for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Honourable, Dr. Charles Tizeba (MP) to serve for a three year term. The members are:
(i)Prof. Rudovick R. Kazwala, Chairman
(ii)Dr. Bhakilana A.Mafwere, a representative of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Industry and Vice Chairman
(iii)Dr. Maulilio Kipanyula Member, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Sokoine University of Agriculture
(iv)Dr. Emmanuel Sokombi. Member, a representative of registered private veterinarians.
(v)Mr Aloyce Mbunito, Member, Attorney General’s Chamber designate member
(vi)Dr. Phillips Mtiba, Member, Veterinary Department designate member from Regional administration and Local Government Authorities
(vii)Mr. Simon Saitoti, Member, a representative of Veterinary Paraprofessionals
(viii)Dr. Abdu Hyaghaimo, Director of Veterinary Services, a representative of Veterinary Department
(ix)Prof. Lughano Kusiluka, Vice Chancellor, Mzumbe University, representing Tanzania Veterinary Association(TVA)
Council Committees are established under Section 6(2) of the Act. Each consists of six members and Chairpersons for the committees are Council members. Committee secretaries come from the Veterinary Council Secretariat. Four committees with the following members perform specific functions for the Council and for the fifth triennium of the Council they are as follows:
(i)Registration and Examination Committee - recommends and advises the Council on all matters relating to enforcement of registration, enrolment and enlistment and registration examinations.
Members of the committee are;
Prof. Lughano Kusiluka –Chairman
Dr. Maulilio Kipanyula- Principal, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture
Ms Magreth Pallangyo – Chief Executive Livestock Training Agency (LITA)
Prof. Magishi Mgasa- University of DSM
Director of Research and Training Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries
Dr John Nzalamoto- secretary
(ii)Disciplinary Committee - has the responsibility of carrying out preliminary investigations as provided for under Section 45 of the Act. Members appointed to the committee are;
Mr. Aloyce Mbunito- Chairperson
Dr. Bonaventure Mtei
Dr. Samson Muniko
Director of Veterinary Services
Mr Simon Saitoti
Dr. Hamza Mwamhehe-secretary
(iii)Practice and Facilities Monitoring Committee – advises and recommends to the Council on the minimum standards for veterinary practice standards for practice facilities and scope of practice activities by veterinarians, veterinary specialists, paraprofessionals and paraprofessionals assistants.Members to this committee are;
Dr. Bhakilana Mafwere - Chairman
Dr Ponela Mlelwa
Dr. Emmanuel Sokombi
Dr Mercy Shekimweri
Mr Mussa Mrindoko- secretary
(iv)Pharmaceuticals and Biological Committee – recommends to the Council on matters relating to veterinary drugs, biologicals and equipment. Member to this committee are;
- Dr. Phillips Mtiba - Chairman
- Representative from the Department of Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Representative from TFDA
- Dr Sero H. Luwongo
- Dr Reminisekere Kweka
- DrCaroline Uronu secretary
Decisions of the Council are implemented by the Secretariat that is composed of the Registrar and Deputy Registrar appointed under Section 8 and their functions are stipulated under Section 9 of the Act. Five other members at the headquarters are Principal Veterinary Officers who coordinate registration, inspection, public private partnership and regulations, standards and guidelines. In most Districts, Assistant Registrars have been appointed pursuant to Section 10 of the Act to assist the Registrar in areas of their jurisdiction. The Secretariat administers and reports on Council business and their duties are as follows:
Process application for Registration of Veterinarians, Veterinary specialists and Veterinary Facilities;
Process Enrolment and enlistment of Paraprofessional and Paraprofessional Assistants;
Process applications for licencing meat inspectors, veterinary laboratory technicians and artificial insemination technicians;
Sensitize and promote registration, enrolment enlistment and licencing; and
Promote and encourage professional advancement with regard to practice of the veterinary profession.
- (ii)Inspection of standards ethics and auditing of training curricula and institutions
Enforce standards for veterinary facilities;
Conduct scope of practice activities by Veterinarians, veterinary specialists, Paraprofessionals and Paraprofessional Assistants;
Ascertain qualifications of practicing professionals and paraprofessionals;
To advise and recommend on malpractice;
Auditing training curricula for veterinarians, veterinary specialists, paraprofessionals, paraprofessional assistants, meat inspectors, artificial insemination technicians and veterinary laboratory technicians; and
Recognize training institutions for veterinarians, veterinary specialists, paraprofessionals, paraprofessional assistants, meat inspectors, artificial insemination technicians and veterinary laboratory technicians.
- (ii)Public private partnership
Establish links between public and private veterinary professionals;
Lobby for sanitary mandate for private practicing service providers;
Coordinate private service delivery;
Sensitize on sustainable delivery systems of veterinary services; and
To promote business skills on veterinary practice.
- (iii)Standards, regulations and guidelines
To liaise with the Ministry Legal Officer on regulations, standards and guidelines pertaining to veterinary profession;
To sensitize on Standards, regulations and guidelines pertaining to veterinary practice;
Propose amendment on guidelines, standards governing veterinary practice; and
To harmonize guidelines and regulations governing veterinary practice.
- (iv)District Assistant Registrars
They initiate initiates the process of registration, enrolment, enlistment and licencing;
They keep rolls and lists for Paraprofessionals and Paraprofessional Assistants respectively from their districts; and
They assist in collecting registration, enrolment, enlistment, licencing and retaining fees.
In order to follow up quality delivery of animal health services in the field and conduct of service providers, The Minister responsible for Livestock appoints a number of inspectors under Section 11 of the Act at the level of the District Council, Zonal and National.
Duties and powers of inspectors are as stipulated under Section 11 (2) and (3) of the Veterinary Act, that include inspection of veterinary practice facilities in their areas of operation; examining or inspecting any certificate of registration ,enrolment or enlistment, licences, books, electronic information, storage system or other related document in the premises and they may take extracts from documents which may be necessary to effect the examination or inspection; they provide advice to occupiers or operators of the facilities on the management of the veterinary practice facility; they prepare inspection reports for submission to the Council; and they do such other things as may be required or directed by the Council.