The mandate of the Board is to exercise general supervision and control over veterinary training, business, practices and employment of veterinary surgeons and veterinary paraprofessionals in Kenya and advice the government in relation to all aspects thereof. The Board derives its mandate from the VSVP Act, 2011.
The Executive Order No. 1 of June 2018 (Revised) on Organization of the Government of the Republic of Kenya places the Board under the purview of the State Department for Livestock.
A premier agency for regulating and advancing quality veterinary services and practice in Kenya.
To protect and promote animal health & welfare and public health through enforcement of the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Paraprofessionals Act, 2011 to promote access to quality veterinary services for the growth of the animal resource industry
The Core Values of KVB are:-
- Professionalism: Apply the highest standards of service delivery
- Integrity: Uphold honesty, uprightness and reliability at all times
- Transparency and accountability: Be open and answerable to the various stakeholders.
- Effectiveness: To be responsive and exceed customer expectations in provision of services
- Commitment: Management shall demonstrate dedication to results, customers, employees and organization by living by the set of values outlined here
- Teamwork: Efforts shall be made to cultivate learning within teams
- Meritocracy: To comply with all existing guidelines and regulations in human resource selection, recruitment, placement, development and promotion
- Inclusivity: The Board shall ensure impartial and equitable representation of all forms of diversity in its operations
The Core functions of the Board as prescribed in the VSVP Act 2011 are:-
- Advise the Government on matters relating to veterinary training, research, practice and employment; use of veterinary medicines, poisons and pesticides; and other issues relating to animal welfare;
- Prescribe courses of training for veterinary surgeons and veterinary paraprofessionals;
- Approve institutions for training of veterinary surgeons and various categories of veterinary paraprofessionals;
- Consider and approve the qualifications of various categories of veterinary para-professionals for the purposes of registration;
- Register, license, control and regulate veterinary practice, veterinary laboratories, clinics; animal hospitals and animal welfare institutions;
- Formulate and publish a code of ethics for all registered persons;
- Ensure maintenance and improvement of standards of practice by the registered persons;
- Assess human resource and necessary training programs to guarantee sound and efficient veterinary service delivery and advise the relevant Ministries accordingly;
- Create an inspectorate to work in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to locate, inspect, and close down premises or ambulatory clinics operated contrary to the practices prescribed in the Act, and take legal action against the offenders; and
- Regulate the use of technology for purposes of animal breeding.
Upholding Veterinary Standards
The KVB Strategic Plan 2018-2022 outlines it’s key focus areas for the next five years, with the broad objectives
- To promote, establish close contacts and work closely with all stakeholders.
- To maintain an updated register of veterinary surgeons.
- To maintain an updated register of all veterinary private practice in the country.
- To create conducive environment for those who want to mount continuing veterinary education to do so.
- To promote stakeholders participation to see how best the profession can offer competent veterinary services so that livestock and its products can be accepted anywhere in the world.
- To facilitate income generating activities.