The National Center for Animal Health in collaboration with National Veterinary Hospital, Department of Livestock is conducting the first round of master training of the trainers (ToT) on the enhanced Veterinary Information System (VIS), an online animal health database management system of Bhutan, from 26-29 September 2022 in Punakha. The system has four main modules namely, the clinical (individual animal and group), pet registration, dog population management and mass dog vaccination, and disease outbreak reporting. Before the training, the Pet registration and Dog population management and Mass dog vaccination modules were used during the ongoing National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Program (NADPM&RCP) while the rest of the modules were piloted at the National Veterinary Hospital, Motithang.
The training program is attended by 33 officials from Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospitals (DVH), Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDC), Thromde Veterinary Hospital and Satellite Laboratories (TVH & SL) and National Veterinary Hospital (NVH) and relevant central farms of the West and West Central region. The second round of the ToT will be carried out for the East and East Central region in October 2022. After the completion of the ToT, the rest of the Veterinary paraprofessionals (VPP) in the gewogs will be trained by these trainers within their respective dzongkhags.
The expected outcomes of implementation of VIS in the country are:
The enhancement of the system and subsequent training of the animal health officials is funded by the Fleming Fund Country Grant and technically supported by ICTD, MoAF and NGN Technology Private Ltd.