The Afghanistan Veterinary Association was established in 1996, to meet a need for a reliable delivery of animal health care in a country where livestock had been devastated by decades of conflict, warfare and drought. Livestock production is a key component in the livelihood of 85% of Afghanistan’s rural population.
With more than 1122 members, AVA as a professional organization representing Veterinarians, Assistant Veterinarians and Para-veterinarians is capable of delivering many varied needs of its membership; delivery and implantation of the stated objectives.
The national headquarters of AVA is located in Kabul, and maintains seven regional offices. AVA ‘s headquarters has recently built which is located in Badam Bagh. In addition to all modern facilities, it has built a state of the art veterinary hospital and training centre at the premises. In addition to routine small and large animal clinical services, this facility is equipped with all the necessary clinical diagnostic tools including digital x-ray, ultrasound technology and other mobile imaging diagnostic tools to be used for training and animal health services. The diagnostic laboratory has been commissioned and is capable of blood, serum, urine analysis as well as basic parasitological and bacteriological tests.
AVA also maintains seven regional offices including Kabul, Nangahar, Gardez, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh and Qunduz. The regional offices are involved in the implementation of AVA objectives. These centres provide regular training, implement and deliver programs as well as member services throughout the country.
AVA operates in cooperation with universities to improve the education and clinical training of veterinarians, and supports the important role of government in regulation, disease surveillance and control. The organization also works to build strong relationships between the private and public sectors.
Afghanistan is an agrarian society. For years, the nation's animal health needs, primarily those of livestock, had been mostly funded by the government. Over the past two decades, however, government support has become increasingly limited. The AVA was formed in 1996 as a buying and distribution cooperative to pick up where the government had left off.
AVA has recently agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of MAIL to facilitate the privatisation of 140 previously publicly operated veterinary clinics. A detailed protocol for the implementation of this process has also been written and is used to realise the objectives of the MoU. Rather than relying on payment from the government, members of the association has adopted a fee-for-service model, marking the beginnings of private veterinary practice in the country.
Structure and Organisation
AVA structure is based on individual member organization. Each region is represented on the Executive Board by the duly elected Chair and Vice Chair from each region. The Board is responsible for formulating and establishing AVA policies. The Executive Board has responsibility for appointing the President of AVA who serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and has the responsibility for the organization’s management and oversight of program implementation by AVA staff.
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