The Principal Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture has urged veterinarians in the West Coast Region and Kanifing Municipality to adhere to high ethical standards at all time in the interest of the profession.
Dr. Ousman Ceesay was speaking over the weekend as he presided over the official opening of a three-day training on veterinary ethics held at the Department of Agriculture Model Horticulture Centre in Wellingara.
The workshop was organized by The Gambia Veterinary Council (GVC) in collaboration with The Gambia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA). It attracted participants from The Gambia Livestock Medical Association (GLMA), Gambia Livestock Services (GLS) and private practicing individuals.
Dr Ceesay informed the participants about their role as veterinarians which according to him, is to promote animal health, welfare, public health As well as the protection of the environment.
The Principal Veterinary Officer described veterinarians as medical professionals, who protect the health and well-being of both animals and people, while calling on the country’s youth to go into the veterinary profession.
“As veterinary professionals you should provide a wide range of services in private practices, government service, public health and other areas,” Dr Ceesay stated.
The President of The Gambia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), Dr. Badara Loum told participants that the GVMA is a voluntary association with qualified veterinarians of both Gambians and non-Gambians.
According to him, GVMA was formed in 1967, adding that as veterinarians they are expected to show high standards of conduct, integrity and accountability when providing professional services to the public.
The quality of the Veterinary Services of any country he went on, depends on many factors like fundamental principles of an ethical and organizational nature.
“The integrity of the work of veterinarians and other members of the veterinary personnel must be guaranteed and all veterinarians are expected to adhere to the principles of veterinary ethics of the country in which they are practicing,” he urged veterinarians.
The Chairman of The Gambia Veterinary Council (GVC), Dr. Pa Ousman Ceesay said the mandate of his council is to regulate veterinary services in the country, further informing the participants that the workshop was aimed at exchanging ideas amongst the participants.
He thus urged members to conduct their professional services in an ethical manner in order to safeguards the dignity of the profession, adding that as veterinarians they must also stick to the guidelines of the profession.
by Lamin B. Darboe