Addis Ababa September 05/2013 A workshop which discusses the harmonization of veterinary education and capacity building opened here on Thursday.
While opening the workshop, Representative of Animal Health Directorate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Teshome Bekele said the current curriculum being used to train veterinary professionals needs a revision.
He said revising the curriculum will enable the country to produce efficient veterinary professionals thereby improve the service.
Despite its huge livestock resource, Ethiopia did not benefit from the sector, he said.
According to him, the contribution of livestock to the Gross National Domestic Product is only 18.9 percent.
The veterinary service requires improvement in order to enhance production and quality, Dr. Teshome said.
Public-private partnership, improved veterinary education, regulation and promote private veterinary practice are central to establishing an efficient national veterinary service, he said.
Ethiopian Veterinary Association President, Dr. Wondosen Asfaw on his part said the veterinary service of the country needs improvement in terms of education, support and institutional capacity.
He said the purpose of the workshop is to launch the EVA-LVC/PPD project (Improving and integrating animal health services in the livestock value chain through public private dialogue in Ethiopia) and establish a veterinary education forum.
The EVA-LVC/PPD project aims at improving and harmonizing veterinary education and capacity building so that veterinary graduates have equivalent competences.