Regional Livestock Development Centre, Tshimasham

Tshimasham, Chukha Dzongkhag


The present Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDCs evolved from the Regional Veterinary Laboratory (RVL) with added developmental mandates. Initially, it was an animal health and laboratory service providing institution in the region.  

The present RLDC at Tsimasham was relocated to its present location from Gedu in 2008 based on dzongkhag distribution. Prior to Gedu, the RVL was located in Phuentsholing up till July 1994. The RVL started as a continuation of the Zonal Veterinary Laboratory (ZVL), Phuentsholing, which had started with zonalization in 1989. The current laboratory building was a residence, which was refurbished as laboratory by the then EC Project.

The land under this RVL is 0.21 acres.  The former RVL at Phuentsholing is now functional as SVL.  The existing SVL building was purchased by EU project and converted in the laboratory in 1998.  The present RLDC located at Tsimasham is directly under the administrative control of the Director General, Department of Livestock and technically backstopped by National Centre for Animal Health, Serbithang.

The RLDC’s main office is within the RLDC building with a branch office as Satellite Veterinary Laboratory at Phuentsholing. At RLDC, various units exist viz. Administration and Finance, Laboratories (Parasitology, Haematology, Bacteriology, Serology and Washing/Sterilization). Further, the centre also has Animal Health, Animal Breeding & Production, Animal Nutrition and Research & Marketing Unit. The SVL, Pling has a laboratory with Feeds Analytical capacity.


Dedicate to support Department of Livestock’s vision of self-reliance in livestock products and enhancement of socio-economic well-being by way of enhanced domestic production.


Enhance livestock productivity by providing technical and advisory services to rural communities of the client dzongkahgs to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives through an organized approach embodying the principles of modern livestock development.


  • Assist the Department of  Livestock in:
    • developing policies, legal frameworks, strategies, and guidelines to ensure efficient delivery of services necessary for livestock husbandry;
    • Mobilization of resources for research and development of livestock husbandry technologies;
    • Planning, co-ordination, monitoring, and evaluation of the implementation of livestock development programs;
    • Enhancement of the capacity of all the programs and agencies under the department including that of human resource; and
    • Liaison with international and national stakeholders;
  • Plan and implement need based programs/activities related to animal breeding, production, health and research and marketing.
  • Facilitate and/or liaise with national centres, commodity centres and dzongkhags in executing planned programs collaboratively.
  • Provide advisory services and capacity building (trainings) as and when required/demanded by the clients.
  • Furnish information and references required by the dzongkhags, national and commodity centres in the areas intervened by the centre.
  • Communicate the outcomes, gaps and lapses, and supports required by the centre to cater to the needs of the clients to the department, national and commodity centres.
  • Develop pool of expertise to address the challenging and changing needs of the clients.


Develop pool of expertise to achieve excellence in enhancing livestock products, productivity and technology development.


Specific short term objectives are to

Animal Health and Laboratory Services

  • Device and implement new methodologies of preventing and controlling livestock disease outbreaks and related emergencies and refine the existent ones.

Animal Breeding & Production

  • Intensify the pursuit of producing livestock commodities and delivering support services within the framework of Public Private Partnerships;
    • Enhance the output of livestock commodities through organized production

Animal Nutrition

  • Increase the volume of livestock feed and fodder and its access

Animal Research & Marketing

  • Strengthen the building of farmer based institution such as cooperatives and facilitate efficient marketing of livestock products


  • Enhance institutional efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery
  • Develop and support the adoption of eco-friendly livestock husbandry practices.

Long Term Objectives

  • Achieve self-reliance in livestock products and productivities
  • Contribute to improved food, nutrition and livelihood security
  • Enhance employment and income generation opportunities


  • Need to cater to large five client dzongkhags in the region
  • Economically active and vibrant dzongkhags in the region demanding frequent livestock inputs and services
  • Vast AEZ to cover in the region ranging from lowest in Samtse to highest in Haa??
  • Presence of large livestock and human populace
  • Presence of all economically important livestock species and pets
  • The region produces more livestock products than the rest
  • The region has more private livestock farms than the rest
  • Presence of high numbers of registered and non-registered (informal) farmers groups
  • Clients in the region demand more livestock inputs and services than the rest and warrants more numbers and technically competent human resources
  • Clients in the region use more modern livestock technologies than others


  • Animal Research & Marketing Unit
  • Animal Breeding and Production Unit
  • Animal Health and Lab Services Unit
  • Animal Nutrition Unit
  • Administration & Finance Unit
  • IT & Library Unit