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 SurgeonsAct (Cap 366) of 1953, which provided for registration of Veterinary Surgeons only.
The current KVB is established by section 3 of the VSVP Act, 2011. Its membership, as required by section 4 of the Act, consists of an administrative member from the Ministry of livestock and the Ministry of finance. Other members include the Director of Veterinary Services, a Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of a public university in Kenya, a veterinary surgeon who is a principal of a veterinary paraprofessional training institute, 4 elected registered veterinary surgeons, 3 elected veterinary para-professionals, the chairperson of the Kenya Veterinary Association, 1 representative of veterinary research institutions; 1 veterinary surgeon or veterinary paraprofessional representative of the Kenya Wildlife sector, and 2 persons who are not veterinary surgeons or veterinary paraprofessionals.
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