This department is under Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) whose mandate is “To promote and support sustainable and market oriented agricultural production, food security and household incomes”.

The key objectives of the department are;
To promote the Use of appropriate production technologies and best marketing practices, regulate Veterinary and animal husbandry activities providing related services to farmers, detect and control the threat and occurrence of pests, vermin and animal epidemics and ensuring Veterinary Public Health and control of Zoonoses ensuring hygiene of livestock products.