Veterinarians have been challenged to stand up to the vision and aim of the profession in ensuring there is food safety in the society.
This call came from speakers at the 2022 Anambra Veterinary Colloquium by the Anambra Chapter of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association.
The programme which held in Awka had the theme “The Veterinarian and Food Safety” featured talks and award presentations.
Addressing members of the profession during his welcome speech, the State Chairman of the association, Dr Ifeanyi Obiwulu said through the colloquium, they make sure they take their stand on improving herd health thereby leading to increased herd productivity which in turn assures food availability and guarantees food safety.
Dr Obiwulu encouraged members of the public to go for wholesome meat and engage the services of veterinarians when necessary while promising to get rid of quacks in the system.
In a lecture, Professor Chukwudozie Ezeokoli said over the years, veterinary profession has focused on population medicine, controlling a host of emerging and re-emerging diseases, reminding them of consumer confidence through meat inspection which generally improves health directly.
Contributing, the Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Sir Chido Obidiegwu charged veterinarians to do more in sensitizing members of the public on the importance of eating safe at all times.
In his goodwill message, a dealer on veterinary drugs, Chief Mike Obidike lamented the vaccum in the training of professionals and called on the state government to establish Veterinary Clinics and drug banks where farmers can assess quality drugs for their animals.