Code of Ethics for Veterinary Professionals - Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA)

As of 2014, the veterinary profession had undergone significant growth with training institutions graduating more professionals in the industry. There had also been more unregulated service providers in the market. The Kenya Veterinary Board has put in place a code of conduct that sets standards for veterinary practice, however, this code of conduct only focuses on veterinary surgeons.

KVA successfully advocated for the enactment of the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Paraprofessionals (VSVP) Act of 2011 which expanded the mandate of the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB). The Act now mandates KVB to regulate all veterinary professionals including Veterinary Paraprofessionals. Subsequently, in 2012, KVA successfully lobbied for the Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Paraprofessionals (VSVP) Act Regulations of 2013.

KVA's position

KVA as the premier professional association for veterinary professionals and paraprofessionals sought to have in place a code of ethics that would ensure that the professionals provide high-quality services for the benefit of animal health, animal welfare and public health. This will lead to increased productivity of wholesome livestock products that can be sold to international markets effectively increasing incomes for livestock keepers.

The VSVP Act required the development of a Code of Ethics that would be binding to all Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Paraprofessionals. KVA, in partnership with KVB, have developed a draft Code of Ethics benchmarked against international standards and sought wider stakeholder involvement to develop consensus and ownership of the Code of Ethics.

Expected Outcome

The Veterinary Surgeons And Veterinary Paraprofessionals (Code Of Ethics) Regulations, 2015 was gazetted on 18th September 2015.

KVA has since engaged in advocacy on Animal Resource Industry Law (Review and amalgamation) and Veterinary Medicines Directorate Regulations (Awareness Creation).