Promote bio-security, animal health and welfare for the benefit of the livestock industry and human well being.

Core functions
• Animal disease surveillance;
• Animal disease and investigation control;
• Veterinary infrastructure;
• Animal health information and extension;
• Administer provisions of the Animal Health Act.


The Department is the Government’s official service provider of Animal and zoonotic diseases surveillance, animal health risk management and animal health and protection

The Division envisages a Zimbabwe in which livestock and companion animals are fully secured against epizootic diseases by the year 2028.

To promote and maintain the viability of the livestock industry towards food and nutritional security and improved livelihoods.
• To provide animal health assurances in support of trade and tourism.

Scanning the environment to maintain an effective disease surveillance system for the early detection and management of animal diseases in both livestock and wildlife.
• Implementing risk management measures for prescribed animal diseases and pests of economic and zoonotic importance (Anthrax, rabies, FMD, Newcastle, Tick-borne diseases, ticks and tsetseflies).
• Enhancing animal health, production and welfare through communication and veterinary extension service with special emphasis to the emergent and smallholder farmers.
• Building and maintaining physical veterinary infrastructure (dips, animal handling facilities), human resource capacity and capability for the sustainable delivery of services.
• Regional co-operation in animal health.

Structure and Organisation
The Division of Veterinary Field Services falls under the Department of Livestock & Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development. The Division is headed by a Director and operates through 8 provincial, 46 district offices and 412 local animal health centers, most of which are in the small holder and peasant farming areas through out the resettlement areas throughout the country.