About Us

Historical Background

NEVLA was formally established on 25 November 1990 through the initiation of (mid-level technicians) para professionals working in the areas of animal health services in Nepal. During the course of its history, it has completed eight National General Assembly, four National Meetings and has celebrated 28 Establishment Day.

Objectives

  • Develop and implement plans for the benefit of Nepalese farmers and para veterinary professionals through the promotion of creative activities related to the professional rights and development of linkages with national and international organizations.
  • Work to generate resources for the protection, promotion and development of rights of its members and to expand their technical knowledge, skills and research.

Uniqueness of the Association

Unlike other professional organizations established in Nepal, which primarily focus on their member’s right, this association from the early days of its establishment has been focusing primarily on the protection of the rights of Nepalese farmers for the commercialization, promotion and development of agriculture and livestock enterprises. It has thus been conducting activities related to the protection and promotion of rights of its members alongside its primary focus. This association believes that prosperous Nepal can be built by the economic transformation through the modernization, commercialization and industrialization of the agriculture and livestock businesses. It is due to this belief that the association gives primary priority for the advocacy of the protection and promotion of the rights of Nepalese farmers. It is the uniqueness of this association that the rights of the members are addressed next to the rights of the broad farming communities.

International Linkages

The association has developed linkages with like-minded international professional organizations with the objective to align common national and international issues in the areas of livestock services and animal health. In this context, the association got membership of the International Veterinary Nurses and Technician’s Association (IVNTA) on October 2010. The association also emphasizes to establish friendly relations with other international organizations working in the areas of livestock services. This has helped to make conducive environment to get information about new technologies, policies, rules and activities related to professional rights developed at the international level.

Membership and Organizational Structure

  • Members of this association include about 3900 para veterinary professionals working in the organized sector and civil service, 1750 working in Semi government sectors and 21000 working in the private sector.
  • The central office of this association is in Veterinary complex, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu.
  • The association is composed of one central working committee, seven provincial committee, seventy-five district working committee and 753 local level unit committees.

Major Achievements

  • The Nepal Veterinary Council Act governs the regulation and protection of rights of veterinary doctors only. This law does not includes the regulation of para veterinary technicians and village level animal health workers (VAHWs). The Association initiated to develop a single regulatory framework to cover all the technicians based on qualifications and capacity by amending the above law and the bill has been filed in the parliament for approval.
  • Amendments of the existing Animal Health and Livestock Services Act, Animal Slaughterhouse and Meat Inspection Act and the draft Veterinary Medicine Act are underway to ensure the rights of veterinary para professionals in these acts.
  • Policy decisions have been made to allocate at least 15 percent of the budget allocated to Village Development Committees (VDCs) for the agriculture sector.
  • For a long time this association had advocated the issue of agriculture and livestock insurance and the Government of Nepal has now implemented the insurance program covering 75 percent of the insurance premium as subsidy by the government.
  • This association had put demands for the allocation of 20 percent of total loans from the banking sector for agricultural development. This demand has been partially fulfilled as the Nepal Rastra Bank (central bank of Nepal) by making it mandatory for all banks to allocate 15 percent of the loans for agriculture and energy sector development.
  • The association led for the provision of one agriculture and livestock technicians at the VDC level. Until now 1500 agriculture technicians and 1500 livestock technicians each have been working in the VDCs .
  • The association has been successful to incorporate its issues and demands in the 20 year Agriculture Development Strategy. Alongside, the policy related issues advocated by the association has also been mentioned in the 40-point declarations of the Ministry of Livestock Development.
  • The association had been putting demands for the provision of hazard allowances for staffs working in the laboratory. Accordingly, decision has been made by the government to provide 25 percent additional monthly allowances, free annual health check-up, 25 percent additional pension and up to one million amount of medical support for severely diseased staffs working at least ten years in the laboratory. The family members will also receive amount of one million if the staff dies due to accidents while working in the laboratory.
  • The association has led national level campaigns that pressurized the government to provide agricultural loans at 5 percent interest rate and provision of agriculture and livestock technicians at the VDC level.
  • The association has conducted more that 2000 multipurpose free animal health camps on its own that provided health services to more than 8.5 million livestock.
  • The association mobilized teams to the districts affected by devastating earthquake of 2015 for providing technical services. Around one million amount of veterinary medicines, food and non-food relief items were distributed to the affected population. Additionally, the association has donated 1.6 million amounts to the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund for the earthquake and flood victims.
  • The association has constructed Farmer reception rooms (Krishak Chautari) in 36 district livestock service offices.
  • Around 95 percent of the total 5 million artificial inseminations done in cattles are performed by the para veterinarians in the country and 80 percent of the livestock health services in the rural areas are provided by them.
  • NEVLA Welfare Fund has been established to provide services for those para veterinarians in need.
  • The association has advocated for the provision of revolving fund of 250 million amount to provide interest free loans to self-employed para veterinarians and those working in the private sector.

Future Orientation

  • Work in the formulation and amendment of laws, rules, and regulations to ensure the rights of para veterinary professionals.
  • Help to check the emigration of self-employed livestock technicians by mobilizing them in the areas of livestock production and entrepreneurship development.
  • Put demand to the government for the formulation and implementation of action plans for the modernization, commercialization and industrialization of the agricultural sector.
  • Advocacy for the allocation of at least 15 percent of the national budget to the agriculture and livestock sector.
  • Focus on the commercialization of the agriculture and livestock enterprises, taking villages as the centre for agricultural revolution.
  • Promote livestock enterprise as major sector of employment generation.
  • Institutionalize the provision of VDC level technical services and insurance schemes; prioritize the establishment of farmer bank and development of market linkages for the farmers. Work to increase the access of farmers to the subsidies provided by the local government.
  • Encourage the members of the association to be aligned with the defined professional activities, making them accountable to their social responsibility and initiate innovative activities in their respective areas.
  • Develop and implement short term and long term action plans for the capacity and skill development of the para veterinary technicians.

Contact Us

Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone/Fax No.: 00977-1-4268955

P.O.Box.: 2148

Email: nevlacc@yahoo.com

Facebook: NevlaNepal

Website: www.nevla.org.np