City Veterinarian's Qualifications, Powers and Duties

No person shall be
appointed veterinarian unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident
of the local government concerned, of good moral character, a licensed
doctor of veterinary medicine. He must have practiced his profession for at
least three (3) years in the case of provincial or city veterinarian and at
least one (1) year in the case of the municipal veterinarian.

The appointment of a veterinarian officer is mandatory for the provincial
and city governments.

(b) The veterinarian shall take charge of the office for veterinary
services and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the
sanggunian, and provide technical assistance and support to
the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in carrying out
measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and
provision of adequate facilities pursuant to Section 17 of this

(2) Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by
the governor or mayor, as the case may be, implement the
same, particularly those which have to do with the
veterinary-related activities which the governor or mayor is
empowered to implement and which the sanggunian is
empowered to provide for under this Code;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the
veterinarian shall:

(i) Advise the governor or the mayor, as the case may
be, on all matters pertaining to the slaughter of
animals for human consumption and the regulation of
(ii) Regulate the keeping of domestic animals;
(iii) Regulate and inspect poultry, milk and dairy products
for public consumption;
(iv) Enforce all laws and regulations for the prevention of
cruelty to animals; and
(v) Take the necessary measures to eradicate, prevent or
cure all forms of animal diseases;

(4) Be in the frontline of veterinary related activities, such as in
the outbreak of highly-contagious and deadly diseases, and
in situations resulting in the depletion of animals for work
and human consumption, particularly those arising from and
in the aftermath of man-made and natural calamities and

(5) Recommend to the sanggunian and advise the governor or
mayor, as the case may be, on all other matters relative to
veterinary services which will increase the number and improve the
quality of livestock, poultry and other domestic animals used for
work or human consumption; and(c) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and
functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance