BULAWAYO, Saturday, August 7, 1991 — Government veterinary officers yesterday launched a new association that seeks to promote and enhance the status of their profession and to have the large salary and allowance discrepancies between its members and medical doctors redressed.
A spokesman for the association, Dr Doesmatter Karenga, said other aims of the association were: to promote and advance veterinary and allied sciences by research and publications; to furnish professional information to relevant persons in order to facilitate decision making on matters affecting the veterinary profession and to do any other work in the interest of science.
The association adopted its constitution yesterday at the end of the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association congress in Bulawayo.
Dr Karenga said the association would be affiliated to the Public Service Association and would work and assist other professional associations in the country. The difference between the ZVA and the Government Veterinarians Association was that the ZVA was a purely professional body.
The association was formed after Government veterinarians complained at a meeting in Kariba last year that they were not getting the same salary and allowances as medical doctors who had similar qualifications.
A committee was set up to coordinate the formation of the association and then get it registered.
Dr Karenga said the new association would be meeting officials from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement early next month to discuss the conditions of service for veterinary doctors. “We will discuss salaries, allowances, overtime, the need for housing and proper transport for our members,’’ said Dr Karenga.