January 9-12, 2020: A four-day Dog Population Management (DPM) and Animal Health coordination workshop was organized in Regional Revenue and Custom’s Office (RRCO) conference hall, Gelephu. The workshop with the theme, “fostering team building for enhanced collaboration and effective service delivery of animal health services” was conducted with the objective to update and sensitize participants on animal health policies, strategies, plans, guidelines and projects, strengthen collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, share field and technical experiences and deliberate on issues that encumber effective delivery of animal health services in the country.
The two highlights of the workshop were the “World Café” session which enabled the participants to discuss on critical topics and come up with way forwards related to Dog Population Management in Bhutan and the “Technical presentation” session which saw a range of technical presentations broadly classified under three themes, “Research and parasites”, “Case studies – Obstetrics, surgery and medicine” and “epidemiological researches”. On the last day of the workshop, Dr. Tashi Samdup (PhD), the Director General of Department of Livestock inaugurated official website for Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC) Zhemgang.
In total, 82 officials from various agencies under the Department of Livestock (DoL), Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS), Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Health (DoPH) and Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) attended the workshop. Discussions covered a range of issues and constraints, modalities and arrangements for both the central agencies as well as the Dzongkhag Livestock Sectors for effective implementation of 12th FYP activities.
The coordination workshop was jointly organized by the Animal Health Division, National Centre for Animal Health, and National Veterinary Hospital under the Department of Livestock. The workshop was conducted with the fund support from EU-RDCCRP allocated for the DPM program.
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