The Animal Welfare and Extension Services Department of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has lately organized a number of awareness meetings with veterinary hospitals and clinics of Abu Dhabi. These were part of the Authority's efforts at reaching out to stake holders under the slogan 'partners not monitors.'
The visits began at the National Veterinary Centre, followed by the German Clinic and the American Veterinary Hospital and concluded at the British Clinic. Dr. Lula Al Sawaliha, Extension Services Specialist, introduced to the staff at the veterinary establishments the federal requirements pertaining to animal welfare as enshrined in the federal law no. 16 of 2007 and its implementation clauses.
The interlocutors were briefed on the vision and message of ADFCA, which consisted of reaching global standards in the services rendered to the public through the adoption of best international practices. The ADFCA officials explained the role of the animal wealth sector of the Authority in contributing to bio-security through guaranteeing animal health. They also stressed the meetings aimed at translating into practice the values of ADFCA with regard to dealing with strategic partners in a transparent manner and at taking them into confidence on the measures taken to ensure animal care.
A presentation was made, detailing the connection between veterinary practice and animal welfare and public health, stressing the principles of animal care as enshrined in the federal law and its implementation clause. It emphasized the role of the private sector as a strategic partner in adhering to the letter and spirit of the law.
Dr. Sawaliha responded to a host of queries from her interlocutors.