Last updated: 14/7/2021

OIE Virtual Regional Awareness Raising Workshop on Veterinary Workforce and VPPs

The OIE recognises the importance of veterinary paraprofessionals (VPPs) in veterinary service delivery, and the PVS Tool includes assessments related to the staffing and competency of veterinary paraprofessionals as well as veterinarians in Veterinary Services. VPPs play an important role in providing basic veterinary service delivery in most resource-constrained or developing countries. In many cases, VPPs act as the frontline service providers in rural areas offering preventive or curative services. VPPs can also contribute to improving disease surveillance, including early detection, and disease control in remote areas.

The OIE has organised  multiple events to identify members’ needs and priorities on the topic of VPPs and also published  (i) OIE Competency Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals (2018) and (ii) OIE Curricula Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals (2019) designed to deliver the desired knowledge, skills, attitudes and aptitudes.

As the next step, the OIE HQ, RRAP, and SRR-SEA co-organised “OIE Virtual Regional Awareness Raising Workshop on Veterinary Workforce and VPPs” in June-July 2021.

Objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Raise awareness amongst participants about the PVS Pathway, approaches to workforce development, and the role of VPPs in Veterinary Services
  • Inform on OIE activities in support of improving the participation and performance of VPPs
  • Discuss the elements contributing to an enabling environment for effective use of VPPs and encourage Members/Observers to create a VPP enabling environment at national level with support from the OIE
  • Familiarise participants with the content and use of the OIE Competency Guidelines for VPPs and the OIE Curricula Guidelines for VPPs
  • Explore interest in a network of VPP champions in the South Asia and Southeast Asia sub-regions
  • Discuss collaboration/coordination between vets and VPPs in VS.

This workshop was divided into 5 sessions on 5 days and  attended by over 230 participants from 28 OIE Member countries and territories in total.

Agenda & Presentations of the workshop

Link to the event dedicated page with more information