Civil Administration holds seminars for Palestinian veterinarians

The professional development training included lectures and visits to relevant sites

Date: 30/12/2012, 2:00 PM     Author: Menachem Adoni, COGAT Website

On Tuesday (December 25), the Agricultural Department of the Civil Administration began a three-day professional development training for veterinarians from the Palestinian Authority`s Ministry of Agriculture. The training was designed to enhance the veterinarians’ professional knowledge while emphasizing crucial information about managing livestock and public health for the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria.

Fifteen veterinarians employed by the Palestinian Authority’s veterinarian services participated in the training program, which included a day-long educational trip to the Agricultural Research Organization of Israel in Beit Dagan and day trips to various sites in Israel. Representatives of Israel’s veterinary services delivered a number of lectures to the veterinarians.

Dr. Nadav Galon, Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Health at Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture, delivered opening remarks on the first day. “Veterinary science is a very complex field,” he said. “We have assumed the obligation to act according to the law and work on behalf of the animals and public health.”

The training program’s classes focused on chemical and biological residue in animal-based food products, the process of determining the maximum residue limit (MRL) for various products, and how to prescribe veterinary vaccines. Additional lectures focused on laws, regulations and policies regarding slaughterhouses, and the participants visited a slaughterhouse.

The veterinarians also learned about supervision and heard an overview on the topic of supervising animal products. “The topic of veterinary supervision is something that we [PA veterinarians] have become aware of in recent years,” one Palestinian veterinarian noted. “I hope to see ongoing cooperation between the two entities.”

In addition to developing this training for the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Department of the Civil Administration is working with Israel’s veterinary services to offer an additional training program about veterinary medications and chemical residue in animal products, in order to bolster the professional knowledge in the Palestinian Authority.

“It is vital that the professional authorities on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides know how to cooperate on the professional level, because disease knows no limits and does not distinguish between nations,” said Dr. Zvika Benor, Israel’s former veterinary services’ liaison to the Palestinian Authority. “We  are giving them the tools and knowledge so that they can handle disease and illness in their area, which is why cooperation is so important.”

Samir Moadi, the Agriculture Officer at the Civil Administration, expressed satisfaction at the cooperation between the two entities. “There is no doubt as to the importance of this issue. Here we are strengthening ties between veterinarians on both sides,” he said. “We are trying to help the Palestinian Authority’s veterinary services and give them the knowledge to manage livestock in the best possible way.”