There are less than 1,000 veterinarians in the country, an insufficient amount to meet the growing demand for specialized attention demanded from the agricultural sector.
"... Johnny Alfaro, 26, a veterinarian and animal scientist who graduated in 2014, cited the example that in the municipality of San Marcos, Carazo, there are only about 3 or 4 and some veterinary clinics have no veterinarian. 'Really, there is a need for quite a lot of veterinarians, because the demand is great, especially as people need a home visit because they can not bring their pets to clinics let alone cattle.'"
Panamanians currently spend 40% more than they did in 2009 on grooming, veterinary services, accessories, hotels and other services for their pets.
More and more stores are opening their doors to sell animal products, taking advantage of the high purchasing power and the increase in numbers of foreigners residing in the country.
These shops offer all kinds of services for animals such as grooming, veterinary formalities for travel, hotels, gyms and spas. Yamileth González, manager at veterinary Knino, said the market has been growing steadily and more and more customers are no longer thinking of their pets as animals but as another beloved housemember.
In Guatemala the fashion for having of different kinds of pets in homes is growing, increasing the demand for vets and services to care for them.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "Dr. Julie de Arimany, a veterinarian and owner of Dogcare Veterinary Hospital, believes that the trend for families to adopt a pet as a family member has already been around for more than 20 years and has intensified due to television programs such as those shown on the channel Animal Planet. 'we have been operating as a hospital for eight years and during this time demand has greatly increased, we have had to adapt by adding beauty salon, kennels, home delivery. It's a good business, which is why new veterinary businesses have started up', said de Arimany. "
Although the production of antivenom is at normal levels, an unexplained over demand is causing severe shortages, which worry farmers, its main consumers, who are requesting the drug’s importation.
Veterinary antivenom produced in Costa Rica is produced by the Clodomiro Picado Institute, whose director Alberto Alape-Girón notes that every year there is a plan for "how much will be produced based on demand from the previous year. The plan for 2012 was 4200 vials, of which a little over 1,000 remain to be put on the market and there are orders on a waiting list for about 600 vials."
A deficit of veterinary doctors, estimated at about six hundred professionals, is jeopardizing food security.
The acting secretary of the Panamanian Association of Veterinarians, Jose Torres, referring to the lack of professionals said that there are areas such as quarantine at airports and ports where there are only enough existing staff to cover one shift and not the three that are needed.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in El Salvador is inviting bids for the supply of pharmaceuticals and veterinary medicine.
The tender is for the supply of pharmaceuticals and veterinary medicines for the Directorate General of Livestock (DGG) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. It includes the supply of biological agents, medicines, salts and vitamins used in the herd to which the DGG provides assistance.
Four companies have a strong regional presence in the production and sale of veterinary drugs and animal nutrition.
Faryvet Laboratories is a company that has traditionally operated in the veterinary drug market, but through an investment of $1.5 million in a new premix plant in Barreal de Heredia, plans to triple its production, make the process 100% automated, and enter the field of animal nutrition and medicines for humans.
METAGRO is a Guatemalan based manufacturer that provides high end solutions of agricultural transport equipment, we are focused on helping customers be more productive as they help to improve the quality of life for people around the world.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Phone: (502) 2383 2720 - (502) 5595 9953
As a Holding Company we are interested in helping other companies to succeed. We do that by investing in other companies with capital and or professional help to allow them to grow in exchange for ownership.
Operates in Panama and Panama
Phone: (507) 7202158
The Central American Business Council is a London-based organisation which is working to increase significantly the current levels of trade and investment between the UK and Central America.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Central America and Dominican Republic
Phone: (0044) 207 583 8739