Certificate awarded for completing competency course on veterinary drugs course on private veterinary pharmacy
Lobeysa, 10 July: Thirteen participants from the feed sale agents and farmer’s cooperatives were awarded a certificate for completing a three week long (20 June-10 July) competency course on veterinary medicines at the College of Natural Resources (CNR).
The awarding ceremony was attended by the Director General of CNR and the officiating Director General of Livestock Department along with the officials from health, Drug Regulatory Authority and livestock.
The training provided the participants with knowledge and skills on handling and dispensing of basic veterinary drugs such as vitamins, minerals, de-worming and other non-essential drugs. They will be now permitted to sell selected veterinary medicines based on the prescription of the competent veterinarians.
According to sources, the government spent around Nu. 30 million annually to procure veterinary medicines for free distribution. However, with the increasing number of livestock population, particularly poultry, the medicine budget is not being able to meet the requirements. The training is expected to resolve such drug shortages by making the sale of basic veterinary drugs possible at the counter while also promoting public private partnership.
At the closing, the participants expressed their gratitude for such opportunity which helped them to enhance their existing knowledge on the veterinary drugs. During the practical session at the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital, Punakha, learning about drugs regulations and store management among others was useful, said Sangay Wangmo from Karma Feed, Phuentsholing. She added that the certificate will be valid for three years after which they are required to attend similar training.
-Compiled by Tshering Doma, ICS
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