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Agency Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and other relevant international organizations, and provide the OIE with epidemiological reports of the Kingdom
  • Assessing the epidemiological situation in the countries from which livestock are to be imported, as well as countries approved for exporting and assessing also their epidemiological status and the risk level when importation from such countries may be al
  • Implementation of the procedures for issuing a resolution imposing/ lifting import ban until the final resolution is issued and to inform the concerned authorities accordingly to implement it.
  • Establish the mechanisms, methodologies and conditions according to approved models to evaluate the work in quarantines and the countries from which livestock imported in coordination with the concerned departments.
  • Supervise the implementation of contingency plans for various diseases.
  • Issuing all reports and periodic and annual statistics related to the livestock sector.
  • Developing plans and programs for centers of information and early warning systems and their divisions.
  • Coordination with the General Directorate of Information Technology regarding the development of the electronic system of livestock.
  • Develop a database of veterinary data and disease spread and provide it to educators and stakeholders
  • Study and analysis of reports of international and countries on animal diseases, aquatic organisms and plant pests, and circulate such reports to the concerned authorities.
  • Develop and update lists of all diseases and epidemics, and to notify the concerned authorities within or outside the Ministry to take appropriate measures accordingly.
  • Identification and inventory of diseases and epidemics and their harmful impact on human health and economic damage, and update them in the list of diseases.
  • Study and analyze the risks related to the livestock sector and assess the probability of their spread or entry into the Kingdom, study them and assess their consequences.
  • Identify risks related to the livestock sector and cooperate with relevant organizational units to reduce them.
  • Develop mechanisms and methodologies for monitoring and assessing livestock sector risks in line with pilot practices.
  • Open or close international quarantines of the country importing to the Kingdom, and ensure their functioning.
  • Implement standards for the preparation of permits of horses to be imported or exported, and making sure that they are not infected with any epidemic and infectious diseases and that they are in compliance with horses importing conditions of the Kingdom o
  • Develop plans, programs and field visits schedules for all quarantines in the areas to ensure functioning according to the procedures adopted
  • Study and analysis of periodic reports received from quarantines of animal, plant and aquatic animals consignments
  • Provide the materials and supplies required for all quarantines in the areas to ensure functioning according to the procedures adopted
  • Distribute circulars among all quarantine at the Kingdom's ports of consignments infected with diseases, epidemics and plant pests
  • Setting up mechanisms governing examination of documents of imported and exported consignments and consignments in transit
  • Ensure that the quarantines in the ports of Saudi Arabia and in the exporting countries authorized by the Saudi Arabia examine all imported, exported consignments and those in transit to ensure that they are free of infectious and epidemic diseases and p
  • Supervise the movement of imported and exported consignments, and consignments in transit to prevent the entry of animal diseases and epidemics, aquatic animal diseases and epidemics and plant pests into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Issue import, export and transit permits for live animals, hatching eggs, chicks, aquatic animals and unprocessed animal and plant products.
  • Supervising the implementation of all quarantine activities in the Kingdom and ensure that they are compatible with the policies, procedures and legislations adopted.
  • Implement legislation, policies and technical regulations on animal and plant quarantines activities and aquatic animals in the areas, and ensure their application.
  • Developing standard lab work methods and laboratory quality systems and apply them to private laboratories
  • Participating with relevant bodies in research on the development of production and quality control of veterinary vaccines, biological products and laboratory diagnostics.
  • Theoretical and practical training of the Ministry’s employees on the operation of various laboratory equipment and appliance in the field of veterinary and botanical laboratories.
  • Analyzing samples of field survey surveys and applied research for livestock diseases in cooperation with the relevant bodies within and outside the Ministry in line with the Ministry's strategy
  • Assessing both locally produced and imported vaccines used in epidemiological control programs.
  • Supervising the activities of veterinary pharmaceutical products testing centers and laboratories and quality control laboratories for detecting hormone and veterinary drug residues, residues of mycotoxins, pesticides and microbes of food poisoning
  • Overseeing the operation programs of clinics and management projects (disposal of medical waste / transport of samples from clinics to laboratories / application of biosecurity for livestock projects).
  • Overseeing the operations and activities of veterinary services and ensuring their implementation in accordance with the approved policies and procedures.
  • Developing plans and programs for disease control centers.
  • Performing periodic rounds to service delivery points (veterinary units and clinics) in the areas to achieve quality of performance.
  • Setting standards for veterinary education in accordance with the approved policies and procedures in coordination with the relevant authorities.
  • Setting standards for issuance of permits and licenses for veterinary establishments and practice of the veterinary medicine profession and animal welfare in accordance with the approved policies and procedures in coordination with relevant authorities.
  • Providing technical advice to veterinary facilities.
  • Supplying veterinary equipment and supplies to perform tasks and field veterinary diagnostics according to the policies and procedures followed in coordination with the organizational units in the Ministry.
  • Supervising veterinary services provided to livestock breeders in accordance with approved policies and procedures.
  • Supervising and implementing diseases control and prevention programs in coordination with the concerned authorities to combat epidemic diseases and follow up the mechanism of implementation.
  • Developing legislation and standards for the safety of animal products in cooperation with relevant authorities to ensure safe foods of animal origin.
  • Developing animal health, veterinary diagnosis and treatment services legislation, and then monitoring and evaluating their implementation and ensure achieving the desired objectives.
  • Developing animal welfare legislation with relevant entities.
  • Setting standards for improving the quality of animal products from the beginning of the production line at the farm until the beginning of the marketing line to meet consumer needs.
  • Developing mechanisms for the disposal or reuse of animal waste, and ensuring their optimal use.
  • Developing programs and systems for registering and numbering livestock, and controlling their movements.
  • Protecting and developing local breeds of livestock, adopting and circulating adapted animal breeds, and using and disseminating appropriate technologies to increase productivity and improve quality.
  • Improving animal production systems of all types according to the relative advantage of the regions and providing technical advice for animal production projects.
  • Develop plans, programs and research agenda aimed at promoting and raising production, productive efficiency and diversity of animal products.
  • Identify priorities and investment targets in the animal resources and forage sector and ensure that they are aligned with strategic directions
  • Development of laws and regulations on the production and productivity of livestock
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