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VSBs in Asia, Far East and Oceania. Ronello C. Abila Sub-Regional Representative for South-East Asia Tomoko Ishibashi Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. Outline. Introduction VSB status in the region OIE activities relevant to VSBs. OIE PVS Pathway. « Treatment ».

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VSBs in Asia, Far East and Oceania

Ronello C. Abila

Sub-Regional Representative for South-East Asia

Tomoko Ishibashi

Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific


  • Introduction

  • VSB status in the region

  • OIE activities relevant to VSBs

OIE PVS Pathway

« Treatment »

Capacity Building,

Specific Activities,

Projects and Programs 



Public / Private


« Diagnosis »

« Prescription »




Gap Analysis

PVS Pathway






Veterinary Services’ StrategicPriorities


The OIE collaborates with governments, donors and other stakeholders


Strengthen VS

VSB- use of OIE standards and guidelines ensure accreditation of quality veterinary professionals

VEE curriculum compliance with OIE standards and guidelines

- produce quality graduates

Veterinary statutory body

  • an autonomous regulatory body for veterinarians and veterinary para-professionals.

    • objectives and functions;

    • legislative basis ;

    • composition ;

    • accountability and transparency of decision-making;

    • sources and management of funding;

    • continuing professional development

VSB Status in Asia, Far East and Oceania

  • 32 members

  • Majority of members have regulations for veterinarians but very limited for veterinary para-professionals

Members with VSBs or equivalent accreditation bodies

  • 23 out of 32 members with VSB

  • 6 out of 32 members without VSB

  • 3 members with no information

Three types of VSBs or Accreditation Bodies

  • Independent Board or Council

  • Veterinary Associations

  • Ministry of Agriculture / Veterinary Authority or the government component of the Veterinary Services.

Types of VSBs or Accreditation Bodies

  • Board or Council = 12 / 23

  • Min of Agri.(Vet Authority) = 8 / 23

  • Vet Association = 3 / 23

VSB Legislation

  • Specific legislations to regulate veterinary profession including creation of VSB

  • Part of the animal health and livestock development legislation

  • No legislation but some guidelines issued by relevant government agencies

VSB Legislation

  • With Legislation = 15 / 23

  • Without Legislation = 8 / 23

Licensing / Registration Process

  • Examination from accredited schools

    • Set in an examination after graduation

  • Automatic registration from accredited schools either from domestic or foreign

Licensing / Registration

  • Examination from accredited schools = 7 / 23

  • Accredited schools = 16 / 23

VSB composition

  • Selected from various field of expertise of veterinary professionals

  • Institutional Representation from VS, Vet schools and Vet Association

  • Elected members

  • Appointed by Ministry of Agriculture / Veterinary Authority

Initiatives for multi-country recognition of veterinarians

Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)

  • incorporated in December 1999 by agreement of the state and territory Veterinary Boards of Australia and the Veterinary Council of New Zealand

  • aim was to create a legal entity with authority to speak and act on behalf of all registering authorities.

Source: http://www.avbc.asn.au/

Source: http://www.avbc.asn.au/

Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)

  • providing a forum for communication and discussion of areas of mutual interest and policy development;

  • providing the framework for public and industry confidence in veterinary standards;

  • assuring and promoting educational standards in the accreditation of veterinary schools, the National Veterinary Examination and specialist accreditation.

Source: http://www.avbc.asn.au/

ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement

  • AEC 2015 - single market and production base, free-flow of goods and services, and integrated into the global economy

  • ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA)

    • free flow of goods, services and investment

  • ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS)

  • ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

ASEAN MRA for Veterinary professionals is under development


  • facilitate mobility of veterinarians within ASEAN;

  • exchange information and enhance cooperation in respect of mutual recognition of veterinarians;

  • promote adoption of best practices on standards and qualifications; and

  • provide opportunities for capacity building and training.

  • Recognition Professional Regulatory Authority of the Host Country, equivalent to VSB


OIE can provide guidance to ASEAN MS to comply with OIE standards on VSBs in the development of MRA for Vets.

OIE activities in region

  • First Twinning of VEE

    • Minnesota and Chiangmai Universities

  • Twinning of VSBs of Thailand with Ireland is in the process;

  • Vietnam is being supported through Australian AID STANDZ-SGF in the setting up of their VSB;

1st OIE SE Asia VEE and VSB Workshop

February 2011, Cebu, Philippines

2nd OIE SE Asia VEE and VSB Workshop

September 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3rd OIE SE Asia VEE and VSB Workshop

September 2013, Surabaya, Indonesia

Veterinary education support to Lao and Cambodia

  • Lao PDR

    • Training at Khon khaen Uni, Thailand

    • Excahnge students

    • Teaching materials

  • Cambodia

    • Workshop

    • Curriculum dev’t

    • Staff excahnge with Thailand and Philippines

Partner organizations

  • South-East Asia Veterinary Schools Association (SEAVSA)

  • Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA)

  • Association of Asian Veterinary Schools (AAVS)


  • Many members recognize the importance of VSBs for strengthening of VS

  • VSBs becoming more important to regulate not only for national but also regional/global practice of veterinarians

  • Collaboration of VS, VEEs and VSBs is essential

  • Need to align practices of existing VSB or equivalent accreditation bodies with OIE standards and guidelines

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