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Temporary Registration of a Foreign Veterinary Surgeon in Kenya

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Temporary Registration of a Foreign Veterinary Surgeon in Kenya by Kenyans247(1): Mon 16, March, 2020 02:53pm
An application for temporary registration should be made through the organization engaging the applicant, and shall be submitted to the Kenya Veterinary Board offices in the prescribed form and accompanied by:
the fee prescribed by the Board, and certified copies of the applicants certificates in veterinary medicine, duly authenticated by the registration authority of the country where they were obtained;
proof of membership of a professional association in the country of the applicant; and
a letter attesting to good professional conduct from the registration authority in the country of the applicant.
The Board may require a person applying for temporary registration to appear before it in person for an examination, whether oral or written.
Upon due consideration of an application submitted to it under this section, the Board shall make and communicate its decision to the applicant within a reasonable time, but not later than fifteen days, and the decision of the Board shall be final.
If the Board is satisfied that the applicant has fulfilled all the conditions for temporary registration as a foreign veterinary surgeon it shall direct the Registrar to effect the registration and issue the applicant with a certificate of temporary registration.
The applicant has to make sure he or she has all the required documents that are required for this process to be successful and it can be found under the "Required Documents" section or this page or at KVB registration requirements page.

Required Documents
Academic testimonials
Registration certificate
Professional association certificate
Letter of good professional conduct
Identification document

Office Locations & Contacts
Kenya Veterinary Board
Veterinary Research Laboratories
Off Waiyaki Way, Kabete, Nairobi,
P.O. Box 513-00605,
Uthiru, Nairobi, Kenya.
Telephone: +254-701-581718
Mobile Number: +254-722-305253
E-mail: info@kenyavetboard.or.ke
Website: http://kenyavetboard.or.ke/
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am -1.00pm and 2.00pm 5.00pm
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A foreign person wishing to practice in Kenya with volunteer non-profit organizations recognized by the Kenya Veterinary Board, which provide veterinary services in underserved areas.

1000 USD (One thousand USD)

Every two years

Documents to Use
Application Form for Temporary Registration of a Foreign Veterinary Surgeon

Processing Time
Fifteen days

A foreign person wishing to practice Veterinary Surgery in Kenya should apply to the Board using Form 24.

The Board approves the application in accordance with the criteria set out under section 16 of the VSVP Act 2011.

The Board, on approval of the application, issue the applicant with a temporary registration certificate.

A foreign veterinary surgeon may practice if he/she is issued with an annual practicing license.

Required Information
Name of the organization
Address (physical)
Proposed area of operation
Name of the veterinary surgeon
Address (physical)
Registration body
Professional association membership
Signature of Head of organization and stamp

Need for the Document
A Foreign Veterinary Surgeon is a qualified veterinary surgeon, who is not a citizen of, or is not ordinarily resident, in Kenya, but intends to be in Kenya for the purposes of carrying out veterinary services

Information which might help
The certificate of temporary registration issued may be subject to such terms and conditions as the Board may consider fit, and such terms and conditions may include:

that the veterinary surgeon so registered confines his practice to the area for which engaged, and
that for every year he practices in Kenya he submits to the Board a quarterly report showing the progress made towards the completion of the task in respect of which the registration is issued.
Any person, institution, or organization, which engages any foreign veterinary surgeon contrary to the provisions of this section shall be taken to have abetted, facilitated, aided or assisted such a person to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in Kenya in contravention of the Veterinary Surgeons And Veterinary Para-Professionals Act, and shall be subject to the penalties prescribed.

The Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB) as currently constituted is created by the new Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Para-professionals (VSVP) Act No. 29 of 2011 which was assented to by the President of the Republic of Kenya on 16th September 2011 and took effect on 2nd December 2011 after gazettement (Legal Notice No. 183 of 28-11-2011) by the Minister for Livestock Development. The Board was launched on 14th February 2012 in accordance with the provisions of Section 4 (1) of the VSVP Act. The VSVP Act, which now provides for registration of both Veterinary surgeons and Veterinary Para-professionals, replaced the almost 60 year old Veterinary Surgeons Act (Cap 366) of 1953, which provided for registration of Veterinary Surgeons only.

The Core functions of the Board are:-

Advise the Government on matters relating to veterinary training, research, practice and employment, the use of veterinary medicines, poisons and the pesticides and other issues relating to animal welfare;
Prescribe courses of training for veterinary surgeons and veterinary para-professionals;
Approve institutions for the training of veterinary surgeons and various categories of veterinary para-professionals;
Consider and approve the qualifications of the various categories of veterinary para-professionals for the purposes of registration.
Register, license, control and regulate veterinary practice and veterinary laboratories, clinics, animal hospitals and animal welfare institutions.
Formulate and publish a code of ethics for all registered persons;
Ensure the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice by the registered persons;
Assess human resource and necessary training programs to guarantee sound and efficient veterinary service delivery and advise the relevant Ministries accordingly.
Create an inspectorate to work in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to locate, inspect, and close down premises or ambulatory clinics operated contrary to the practices prescribed in the Act, and take legal action against the offenders;
Regulate the use of technology for purposes of animal breeding.

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