Operation of the department covers all animal husbandry disciplines including Feedmils, Hatchery, Commercial Animal farms, specialized farms, and animal processing industries, Abattoir/Slaughter slabs, Beef and Dairy production among others.
Some of the functions of the Department include the followings:
-Provision of an effective and uniform administration of laws, rules and regulations within the NIAS mandate.
-Promotion and enforcement of compliance in the regulated industry through consistent education and Inspection visits.
-Encouragement of sustainable partnership and collaboration with relevant organizations within and outside the industry for improved production practices, food safety and trade promotion.
-Review of options for preventive and corrective actions and explaination of requirements to regulated parties
-Carry out designated functions including the inspection of premises and sampling of produce from imported and local origin for analysis as regards Animal husbandry and Livestock services.
-Draw up annual inspection programmes for the industry.
-Monitor personnel and developments in the Industry.
-Advice and liaise with the industry on various animal husbandry issues and profession.
-Periodic checks of animal products to ensure approved maximum residue levels are observed.
The Department carries out its responsibility through coordinated and organised actions that include, Field Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Enforcement, Collaboration and Partnership, Implementation and Quality Control.