Like our scientists, the Veterinary Services in our Department have been doing sterling work. The service received a boost with the commencement of Compulsory Community Services for new veterinary graduates. There are currently ten graduates working in the Department. In addition, there are five well-branded mobile Animal Health Care clinics that became operational this year.
An exciting development in boosting Animal Health Care in communal areas is that the Department will be investing R20 million a year over the next three years on a KZN Diptank Assistants Program. This program will employ, train and equip 900 dip tank assistants to provide support at a local level in the management of the Province’s 1800 dip tanks. The assistants will be called Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWS). The program will be piloted in Sisonke, Umzinyathi and Umkhanyakude District Municipalities.