Quackery endangering veterinary services – Ogidi–Gbegbaje
Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, NVMA, has been advised to sustain its pride of place in the comity of other professions as well as the society.
This may not be unconnected with the rise of quackery in the profession.
The Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Government House and Protocol, Asaba, Delta State, Sir Eddy Ogidi–Gbegbaje disclosed this during the second biennial general meeting and award ceremony of the body in Asaba, Delta State.
Relying on the theme of the meeting “The Role of a Veterinarian in the Civil Society” Ogidi–Gbegbaje, Chairman of the occasion, said quackery “endangers animal health and more importantly, tarnishes the age-long reputation of the orthodox practitioners.”
While suggesting measures to enhance their practice and boost the tremendous positive impact that animals have continued to have in the lives of persons in the society, he said they should be actively engaged with their communities, educate the public and advocate for policies that reflect the best interest of animals and pets.
“I stand before you to emphasize that this is the time to act. It is the time to safeguard your profession and make your sphere of operation a safer place for all,” he said.
He said that the role of the veterinarian in civil society was evolving fast and urged the practitioners to enforce the changes with enthusiasm and dedication.
“Over the years, the keeping of animal pets has evolved far beyond mere companionship to man. It is becoming increasingly evident that animals, particularly pets, play vital roles in managing trauma, mental health issues and emotional challenges in people of diverse cultural backgrounds,” he stated.