Sustainable Business through Training for
Veterinary Paraprofessionals (VPP)
The critical role played by Veterinary Paraprofessionals in delivering essential animal health services for smallholder farmers (SHFs) demands up to date technical competences and the development of enabling business environments for the provision of quality services and supplies. In key geographies of Africa and Asia there is the need to improve Veterinary Paraprofessionals technical and business skills and to support the establishment of efficient and profitable livestock value chain with benefits to all stakeholders at national levels.
Our approach aims to reinforce veterinary service provision systems through improved capacity of Veterinary Paraprofessionals to deliver animal health services and addressing some of the historic challenges propagating Veterinary Paraprofessionals business instability and overreliance on public initiatives. This approach aims to deliver and evaluate a model for sustainable Veterinary Paraprofessionals in which competency acquisition is a gateway to recognition and increases access to new business opportunities in the “last mile” delivery of quality-assured animal health services. This will be accomplished by a competency-based training system, in line with OIE Guidelines, allied to a digital engagement strategy supporting recognition and business development in the animal health care services marketplace.
The key outcomes of this initiative include:
Establishment of a national recognition system of trained and upskilled veterinary paraprofessionals and provision of tools to maintain the recognition by national statutory or other national bodies;
Enhanced employment and business opportunities for trained veterinary paraprofessionals and access to distribution channels for quality veterinary vaccines and other veterinary medical products;
Stronger community awareness, engagement and brand recognition by the private and public sectors of certified veterinary paraprofessionals in the provision of animal health services to SHFs.
Three countries are being selected after review of the feasibility of achieving the aims of this model and in alignment with existing policy environment, public and privatized veterinary paraprofessionals services and the competences required for recognition by veterinary statutory bodies (VSBs) for private and public services. A bespoke business and training model is developed for each target country, aiming to create a sustainable system for veterinary paraprofessionals and SHFs, VSBs and other bodies with regulatory responsibility, and veterinary medical products distributors.
A demand-driven training curriculum based on the policy settings and specific needs identified with key national stakeholders and considering appropriate gender analysis, will be combined with mandatory requirements for continued professional development to retain the recognition of competency by the VSBs. This approach will support the development and implementation of a training management system (TMS) as a central transformative tool for VSBs, enabling both certification and the capacity to manage the training system, and supporting differentiation of veterinary paraprofessionals in the service marketplace.
A digital engagement strategy will immerse certified veterinary paraprofessionals in the provision of high quality services to SHFs, and digital tools will be explored to communicate disease information and vaccine availability in supporting client demands for prevention services. This allows integration of the system for recognition of services offered by trained veterinary paraprofessionals, linked to national information sources, to support them as trusted sources of guidance and services in disease prevention while enhancing their business opportunities.