Kafkas Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Dergisi 2017 , Vol 23 , Issue 5
A Study on the Activities of Veterinary Chambers in Turkey:The Veterinary Chamber of the Kars Region as an Example
1Kafkas Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Veteriner Hekimliği Tarihi ve Deontoloji Anabilim Dalı, TR-36000 Kars - TÜRKİYE DOI : 10.9775/kvfd.2017.17705 The Turkish Veterinary Medical Association was founded in 1954, pursuant to Law 6343 on the Execution of the Veterinary Medical Profession and the Establishment and Tasks of the Turkish Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Chambers. The first veterinary chambers to represent the Association in the various provinces of Turkey, were established the same year. Of these chambers, the Veterinary Chamber of the Erzurum Region served veterinarians working within the borders of the Kars province for many years. In the course of time, when the number of veterinarians working in Kars reached a level sufficient (at least 30) to establish a separate professional chamber in this province in 1989, the Veterinary Chamber of the Kars Region was established. This study was aimed to provide an insight on the activities of the Veterinary Chamber of the Kars Region (Kars VC) on veterinary services and livestock production. Primary resources were obtained from the archives of the Kars VC and the Department of the History of Veterinary Medicine and Deontology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kafkas University, constituted the basic material of this study. These resources were assessed by means of the document analysis method. In this study it was determined that, since its establishment in 1989, the Kars VC has organized multiple meetings to raise awareness among its members and the local people of the region. Furthermore, the Chamber was ascertained to have carried out vocational trainings for the veterinary practitioners working in the region with a view to improve their professional skills. In this respect, it is concluded that the Kars VC has been successfully accomplished its original targeted development and has had a significant role in serving both the veterinary profession and its members and local animal breeders. However, in our opinion, the Chamber must increase its effectiveness on sanctions control framework and continue to publish its ceased journal. Keywords : Veterinary Chamber of the Kars Region, The Turkish Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary chambers, History of veterinary medicine