USDA Strengthens Private Veterinary Sector capacity in Georgia (February 26)
During the February 26 – March 1 USDA has conducted an intensive “Organizational and Business Development Training Course” for West Georgia VRA members in Kutaisi, Imereti region. The objectives of the intensive coursed were to strengthen organizational and business plan development skills focusing on management of organization, nonprofit and business activities, practical marketing strategies, national requirements of entrepreneurship and revenue service, calculation and budgeting business and nonprofit activities, VRAs general business plan, among other relevant topics.
It was the first part of a new initiative in the framework of USDA’s Animal Health to support VRAs institutional development in addition to the traditional technical, veterinary capacity building trainings. The aim is to enable associations to become reliable businesses in the rural agriculture market of Georgia and focused on practice-oriented, work-based managerial skills to eliminate the gaps and barriers existing in the VRAs.
USDA continues to support Georgia’s Animal Health Program, which has been successfully implemented since 2009 by GRDD of GIPA in partnership with Colorado State University (CSU) to promote a private veterinary sector with appropriate incentives through development of Veterinarians’ Regional Associations (VRA).