1000 of students from Kyera Agricultural College in Mbarara City find difficults are finding employed due to lack of practising certificates from the Uganda Veterinary Board (UVB).
The Uganda Veterinary Board is the profession regulatory body established by an Act of Parliament in 2019 with specific mandate of ensuring the animal health services are offered by qualified, registered and licenced veterinary professionals in the country.
This means that the students can’t be allowed to operate both in government and private institutions without alicence.
In an interview with CampassTv, the graduates Said the National Drug Authority has closed the veterinary drug shops they had opened up due to lack of practising licences.
Mr Patrick Nuwamanya the chairperson said “To secure a job or even practise, you have to possess a practicing certificate from Uganda Veterinary Board (UVB) but our former institution (Kyera) has not formalised registration with UVB,”
The students under their association Kyera Alumni Association (KAA), said they paid for registration with UVB but the institution hasn’t registered them.
Mr Pastori Kamya, another graduate, said he was denied an opportunity to work as an assistant veterinary officer in Sembabule District because he had no practicing licence from UVB.
When we contacted, Kyera acting principal John Patrick Mutagubya blamed the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for failing to institute a new board to follow up on the registration process.
However the State Minister for Animal Industry, Mr Bright Rwamirama, gave an assurance that the new board will be in place by the end of this week and called for patience.