The first Veterinarian (Captain Beal) to arrive in the Gold Coast was posted in May 1909 at the request of the Colonial Government. The Veterinary Services was then a Unit of the Medical Department until 1920 when it was established as a Department with headquarters in Pong-Tamale. When the headquarters was established in Pong-Tamale two sections were created in 1931; the Veterinary Section which was responsible for disease control and the Livestock Section which dealt with improvement of indigenous livestock breeds.
The vision of the Veterinary Services Directorate is to create an animal health system which provides quality animal health services to enhance livestock production and productivity.
The Mission of the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is to ensure a stable animal health situation through the provision of quality animal health care services by both public and private sector veterinary practitioners to enhance livestock, poultry and companion animals’ production and productivity.
To accomplish its mission the Veterinary Services Directorate pursues the following objectives:
FUNCTIONS OF VETERINARY DIRECTORATE
environment for increase livestock production
To achieve its objectives the Veterinary Services Directorate created specialized units through which it carries its disease control activities. These units are:
1. Epidemiology Unit:
This unit studies the dynamics of health/ill health processes in the livestock and poultry industry. It investigates causes of diseases and their spread in space and time. The activities of this unit are aimed at problem solving and decision or policy making at livestock and poultry production levels
2. Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control Unit:
This unit is responsible for the control of tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis in the country.
3. Laboratory Services:
The most important role of the veterinary diagnostic laboratories is the provision of diagnostic services as well as technical support for animal health extension staff and the livestock and poultry farmers. These include the following:
Sheep & Goat Investigation Farm is located at Techiman in Brong Ahafo Region. The main activity is monitoring dynamics of endoparasite in the transitional ecosystem..
Research- problem solving research: Currently the laboratory in collaboration with the Animal Research Institute is developing a vaccine to protect sheep and goats against heart-water, a disease which causes high mortality amongst sheep and goats. Preliminary results are positive and very encouraging.
4. Veterinary Public Health and Regulatory Unit
Other important functions:
The Veterinary Services Directorate is also responsible for the following:
|Region||Office Location||Regional Vet. Officer||Telephone Number|
Dr. Mark Hanson
(Director)Dr. Alice Atta
|2.||Ashanti||Kumasi||Dr. Kwansah Filson||0206647894|
|3.||Northern||Kpong-Tamale||Dr. Kakari Agyemang||0244436450|
|4.||Western||Takoradi||Dr. E. Yelfannibe||0208149456|
|5.||Upper East||Bolgatanga||Dr. Anyorikeya||0243372883|
|7.||Eastern||Koforidua||Dr. Micky Aryee||0243223610|
|8.||Brong Ahafo||Sunyani||Dr. Gbeddy||0208158591|
|9.||Central||Cape Coast||Dr. Ayittey||0243280901|
|10.||Upper West||Wa||Dr. Paul Polkuu||0205185627|