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Rwentanga Farm Institute Graduates Up in Against Uganda Veterinary Board

Nathan Bakundane, one of the affected para vets, says that he has worked for the last three years until the National Drug Authority confiscated his drugs and asked to present a licence from the veterinary board in vain.
Some of the stranded Para Vets that completed their studies at Rwentanga Farm Institute

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More than 500 former students of Rwentanga Farm Institute in Mbarara District are up in arms against Uganda Veterinary Board for refusing to renew their operational licenses and license their colleagues joining the business.

The students who completed their National Diploma in Animal Production and Management, say that they have in vain tried to get licenses from Uganda Veterinary Board to allow them to work. Rwentanga Farm Institute started offering the two years course in 2015 following a presidential directive and has since graduated over 500 students.

The graduates of Animal Production and Management are called Para Vets. They treat animals and operate veterinary drug shops. Nathan Bakundane, one of the affected para vets, says that he has worked for the last three years until the National Drug Authority confiscated his drugs and asked to present a licence from the veterinary board in vain. 

He explains that approached Uganda Veterinary Board and paid the license application fees but was told the school is not recognised.

//Cue in: “I started working… 

Cue out: …Uganda veterinary Board.”//

Badru Ampeire, another affected Para Vet, says that he is facing serious challenges since 2020 when he completed his studies. He says the challenge has affected them economically and he doesn’t know who to consult.

//Cue in: “nafuna diploma negenda… 

Cue out: …field tufune ekyokora,”//

Samuel Mugume, another affected para vet says that what annoys them is that para vets from other institutes with the same qualifications are working. He says that upon consultations they were informed the Board expired.

//Cue in: “but we are… 

Cue out: …in the field.”//  

William Tukwasibwe the Principal of Rwentanga Farm Institute says that they are aware of the challenge their former students are facing despite the school being recognised by the National Council for Higher Education and examined by Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTB).

He says that the challenge started in 2019 when former students approached him saying the Veterinary Board had refused to renew their licenses and register their colleagues on grounds that the school is not certified to offer that course.

//Cue in: “because the institute… 

Cue out: …up to now,”//

He says before the 2019 regulations were in place but the implementation was not tough as it is today

//Cue in: “before 2020 and… 

Cue out: …they are now,”//

Dr Florence Kasirye, the Registrar of the Uganda Veterinary Board confirmed that the board doesn't recognise the institute. She said the school has to follow the laid down procedure to get the required recognition by the board. 

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Cue out: …is not finalized,”//