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Veterinary Hygiene Inspector

A Veterinary Hygiene Inspector specializes in hygiene control and supervision of institutions, which handle animals and special products.

Job Characteristics

A diagnostic radiographer works under the radiologist and is responsible for:

  • Assisting the veterinarian on supervisory level in controlling, evaluating and reporting functions.
  • Training, evaluation and controlling subordinate staff.
  • Evaluating, checking for correctness of records, procedures, claims of subordinate staff or the establishing and implementing corrective actions where required.
  • Assisting in verifying compliance with hygiene and other import requirements by taking samples, evaluating findings, control label/stamps and keeping records as required.
  • Assisting the chief veterinary hygiene inspector and the veterinarian in writing reports e.g. personnel reports, monthly returns and deficiency reports.
  • Reporting unhygienic/unacceptable conditions or procedures.
  • Exercising good control over detained and condemned material as required.
  • Assisting the veterinarian in budgetary and stock control measures.

Secondary Education
An HIGCSE/IGCSE Certificate (Grade 12) with Mathematics and Biology.

Tertiary Education
Training for veterinary hygiene inspectors is offered in Namibia (Neudamm Agricultural College) and other universities across the region. A national diploma in Meat technology or a national diploma in Environment Health is required for veterinary hygiene inspectors. A B.tech Environmental Health/Meat Hygiene is strongly recommended.

A prospective veterinary hygiene inspector should be meticulous, vigilant and willing to work hard.

Work Opportunities
Veterinary hygiene inspectors can be employed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural development, in private and commercial areas involved in food processing for both animal and human consumption. Job opportunities seem to be good.