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Department of Veterinary Services (DVS)
Vision

The Department strives to provide the best services conducive to sustainable, globally competitive Livestock Industry to contribute to the achievement of food security, poverty alleviation and socio economic growth in partnership with other stakeholders

Mission

The department of Veterinary Services strives to provide quality service to farmers and other stakeholders in order to promote sustainable livestock industry through; prevention and control of animal diseases, effective extension service, and provision of veterinary public health service this will be achieved through a dedicated, skilled, well-resourced and highly motivated staff.

Divisions of the DVS

LIVESTOCK ADVISORY CENTRE
The division exist to serve as an outlet for the sales of livestock inputs to the farming community such as Veterinary medicines, Livestock feeds etc. The division was established in early 1970s and was called Vaccine Store with its head quarters in Gaborone, which was later in 1980 change to LAC. In line with government police of taking services nearer to the people, the centre decentralised its activities to other places in the country. The centers had been established in major villages and towns. Currently there are thirty six (36) L.A.C.

Click the link at the bottom of this page to download the history of the LAC

FIELD EXTENSION SERVICES
Responsible for Animal disease control and prevention through;

  • Monitoring, control and prevention of epizootics
  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment of animals
  • Provision of extension service on animal disease control and management
  • Facilitation Livestock identification and meat traceability

LIVESTOCK SERVICES
The division of Livestock Services has four Sections namely Hides and Skins Improvement, Range and Fodder production, and Artificial Insemination.

The mandate of this division is to support Ruminants and Non Ruminants with services that promote production, breeding, animal feeds and by products.

VETERINARY RESEARCH AND LABORATORY SERVICES
Provide national laboratory services through;

  • Disease diagnosis
  • Research
  • Food quality assurance

MEAT HYGIENE AND QUALITY CONTROL
Provision of Veterinary Public Health Services through;

  • Meat inspection
  • Supervision of meat processing plants

TSETSE CONTROL
Manage and control Tsetse in the Delta.

Click the link at the bottom of this page to download the Tsetse operation advisory report

NATIONAL VETERINARY LABORATORY
The Bacteriology section of the National Veterinary Laboratory (NVL) tests samples for bacterial and fungal disease diagnosis. Samples received at the section include: fresh tissues; swabs from body cavities and fluids; sera; whole blood and tissue smears. The section aid practitioners in disease investigation by providing definitive diagnosis of a disease condition and also in ruling out other possible causes. From a Governments' perspective, the lab plays an important role in the facilitation of surveillance programs for notifiable diseases like Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP)The Bacteriology section is divided into three units:

  • Molecular Biology (PCR)
  • General Diagnostics
  • Serology
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