Veterinary council begins enforcement against quackery

Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) said it has embarked on several enforcement programmes to put an end to quackery in the country, as soon as possible.
Its President, Prof. G. H Sharuburu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, at a one-day stakeholders’ seminal, titled ‘Registration/ Standardisation of Veterinary Practicing Premises and Maximizing the Potentials and Prospects in the Veterinary Profession/Livestock Related Businesses In 2014.’
Sharuburu, who was represented at the occasion by the council’s registrar, Dr. Markus A. Avong, told journalists in an interview that one of the ways the council had employed to get rid of quacks was through the registration of veterinary premises, saying “once they are properly registered, quacks on their own will flee from the profession”.
He called on Nigerians to insist on see their registration certificate and their annual renewal before having anything to do with them.
He added that “we are also begging Nigerians to report cases of quackery to us because council cannot be everywhere.”
Earlier, in his paper, the FCT Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr G A Zayyan, represented by Dr. Idris Ademoh, expressed concern over activities of quacks, which he said has dominated the profession in the recent time.
He therefore called on veterinarians, “especially the young ones, to accord this exercise the seriousness it deserves to enable us put our house and profession in order”.
“We should realize that compared to other professions ours is not free for all with individual venturing in and out at will. We should not be the laughing stock to other professionals; we should earn the desired respect from the public and other professionals,” he added.
He revealed that the FCT registration committee was working hard to register more than 90 per cent of all the practicing premises within the first half of this year.

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