Animal Health and Production

Livestock plays an important role in the social, cultural and economic environment of Pacific Island communities. Indeed many, of the important social and cultural events in island life cannot be properly carried out without the slaughter and presentation of livestock in sufficient numbers. The Animal Health and Production thematic team works together in the Pacific region to develop prosperous, efficient and sustainable animal health and production systems, producing healthy animals and safe products for food security and income generation.

Paravet Training Updates
Thursday, 21 January 2010 16:05

To compensate for this shortage, the PARAVET Training Project was created to develop skills in animal health and production at the sub-professional level.  The project will provide countries with the expertise at the national level to address disease outbreaks, production constraints and to establish surveillance systems to prevent the introduction of exotic livestock diseases
The current Regional Para-veterinary (PARAVET) training project represents Phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 of the project (the development of the Introductory or Basic module) was completed in 2001 and has been piloted in Samoa in 2003.

Phase 2 of the project, which provides for the development and delivery of a further 5 modules began on 1st November 2002 with the recruitment of the Animal Health and Production Training Specialist (AHPTS).

Phase 3 of the project (implementation of the Introductory or Basic module) which is partially funded by the Government of Taiwan (ROC), SPC core and NZAID funds is being implemented in parallel with Phase 2.

Paravet Training for Trainers - 16 - 20 April, 2007 - Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC, Suva

A chronic problem for Pacific Island Countries and Territories is the shortage of qualified Veterinarians. One of the ways of addressing this is to train Paravets to provide some basic services on behalf of Veterinarians. SPC has developed a Paravet Training Programme in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific and the American Development Programme (ADAP). In order to cover as many PICTs as possible in a short time, SPC is embarking on a training of trainers programme for selected trainers from American Samoa, FSM, Fiji, Niue, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Wallis&Futuna. These trainers will then be able to undertake training sessions within their respective countries. In future they can also be called upon to undertake training sessions in other PICTs.

The overall objective of the workshop is to support a sustainable regional animal health and production distance education delivery system; develop a PARAVET programme that integrates animal health, distance education with in-country practical skills training; develop regional resource of national animal health and production trainers who will deliver intensive practical skills training and also to ensure developing sustainable education and training system that satisfies trainee, employer and national government requirements.

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