CMC Veterinary Dept handicapped by shortage of staff –– top official

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Veterinary Department of the Colombo Municipal Council yesterday complained of a dearth of Veterinary Supervisors and that had hampered the implementation of its programmes.

 Chief Veterinarian, Dr. I. Dharmawardane said that at present there were three Veterinary Supervisors whereas there should be approximately 20 for the Council to carry out its functions. He said that a recent dog census carried out by it and the on-going cat census had been affected by the severe shortage of workers. The available three were tasked with covering large areas and the shortage of personnel would lead to shortcomings, he said.

Responding to questions, Dr. Dharmawardane said that Veterinary Supervisors were mainly in charge of inspecting houses for dogs, issuing instructions to owners on licensing them, registering, checking homes for unauthorised animals, arranging for vaccination, sterilization programmes, supervising and attending to complaints by the public regarding stray animals.

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