The OIE has recognised the need for all Members that have not already done so to create an independent veterinary statutory body (VSB), which is responsible for overseeing the quality and professional conduct of veterinarians working in the country. An effective VSB can help to ensure the excellence of the veterinary profession by setting standards for licensing and education (both initial and continuing) and by taking disciplinary action in cases of non-compliance with licensing requirements for the veterinary profession.
Closer collaboration between veterinary education establishments, Veterinary Services, VSBs and, as appropriate, veterinary associations should be established in order to improve veterinary governance globally.
The OIE is taking steps to improve global and regional recognition of the important role of VSBs. As part of this initiative, the OIE Regional Representation for Africa held a conference on ‘The role of Veterinary Statutory Bodies’ in Bamako, Mali on 14-15 April 2011. The Bamako Declaration may be accessed here.
In future, the OIE envisages extending its ‘Twinning concept’, as successfully used to improve the competencies of veterinary laboratories, to veterinary education establishments and VSBs It is the responsibility of developed countries and international donors to assist developing countries improve their veterinary education for the global public good.