The Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services (DVPCS), functions as the policy adviser to the Government on all animal health and, welfare, safety and wholesomeness of food of animal origin for human consumption as well as Pest Control Services.
The Department draws its mandate from the Animal Diseases Control Act cap 20004 LFN and the World Organization for Animal Health (Office Internationale des Epizooties (OIE) standards, recommendations and guidelines for animal health and welfare. It is involved in the prevention, control and eradication of trans-boundary animal diseases and pests, control of vector and vector-borne diseases, zoo-sanitary certification services, provision of veterinary public health services, food safety services and zoonotic diseases control to guarantee healthy national herd, wholesomeness of foods of animal origin, safeguard international trade in livestock and livestock products for the socio-economic wellbeing of our citizenry.
- To Build a strong herd and flock health that guarantees increased production and productivity of most livestock species in Nigeria;
- To Guarantee the provision of wholesome food of animal origin for local demands and exports, through adequate implementation and certification (I&C);
- To Ensure optimum utilization of the ecosystem for livestock production with minimal damage;
- To Carry out effective surveillance on animal diseases and develop early warning early reaction system.
- To Develop manpower and vocational skills for all stakeholders in the Animal Health sub-sector;
- To Effectively control and manage vectors of animal diseases and Transboundary animal pests.
- To Ensure that Animal Health Systems are founded on good governance enabled by appropriate legislation and enforcement.
- To facilitate the establishment of a nationwide network of public and Private Veterinarians, Para-veterinarians, Community Animal Health Workers and Animal producers to ensure effective and efficient animal disease surveillance system.
- To Ensure early detection of disease outbreaks to enable a rapid response to avert potentially events.
- To facilitate the provision of Bio-Security and Bio-Containment measures to infected farms for the prevention of spread and elimination of pathogens in affected areas.
- To ensuring prompt and reasonable financial compensation measures to producers whose animals have had to be culled due to disease in line with Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP).
- To facilitate Provision of vaccines and vaccination of animals wherever appropriate for the prevention and control of livestock diseases of economic importance.
- To encourage application of research in animal diseases control approach.
- To Strengthen and expand Veterinary Public Health Services to cover Meat Inspection, Milk Hygiene, Public Health Education, Environmental Hygiene and Laboratory Services to ensure the production of healthy animals and wholesome animal commodities.
- To guarantee certification of animal and animal products for export and trade.
- To Liaise with international and regional organizations (OIE, WTO, FAO, AU-IBAR, ECOWAS, Codex Alimentarius etc) on all matters relating to animals and animal health.