Directorate of Veterinary Services is a regulatory agency tasked
with the responsibility of preventing and controlling animal
diseases and pests to safeguard human health, improve animal
welfare, increase livestock productivity and quality and facilitate
trade. It has the following functions:
• Certifies veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biologics,
animals, emerging livestock, their products and by-products to be
pure, safe, potent and/or efficacious.
• Tests and monitors the presence of harmful residues in
animals, emerging livestock, their products and by-products.
• Inspect facilities that manufacture veterinary vaccines and
veterinary biologics, and also facilities in which animals and
emerging livestock are slaughtered and those that process animal
products and by-products
• Prevent introduction into the country of harmful foreign
organisms, pests and diseases through adherence to strict
quarantine regulations and procedures.
• Certifies veterinary imports and exports to ensure that
they are of high and acceptable quality.
• Supervise and monitor introduction of livestock, arthropods
and micro-organisms in Kenya.
• Participation in institutional Biosafety Committees