Our Councillors

Prof Davies Mubika Pfukenyi (DPhil, MVSc, BVSc).

Prof Davies Mubika Pfukenyi (DPhil, MVSc, BVSc).

Chairman

He is an associate professor of veterinary epidemiology and the current Dean of the Veterinary Faculty. Before joining the University he was a Principal Veterinary Research Officer at the Central Veterinary Laboratories. He served as the Vice-Chairperson of the outgoing Council. His research interests are focused on the epidemiology of zoonoses and vector-borne parasitic diseases. To date, he has 41 publications. Based on his varied positions he has acquired the necessary experience, leadership, expertise and motivation to successfully carry out Council’s vision to a next higher level. As a previous member, he will enable continuity of Council business.

His Council vision is to promote and advance public and animal health and welfare through quality veterinary services. He wants to serve, protect, represent and promote the interests of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions. He also wishes to promote and monitor high standards of veterinary education.

Dr Brian Fungai Chikodze

Dr Brian Fungai Chikodze

Vice Chairman

He has been in small animal practice since graduation in 2013. He is in private practice by default, not by choice.  He envisages a Council in touch with veterinarians in the field, with empathy and a comprehension of the unique challenges that today’s veterinary surgeon faces.  A CVSZ which will make indefatigable efforts to ensure justice for the profession. To this end, work hand-in-hand with integral stakeholders like MCAZ and ZRP to ensure the profession is protected from several criminal elements flagrantly violating the VSA.

His vision is also to bring accountability, austerity and integrity to the CVSZ. It is, in his view, of paramount importance that the new act being drafted contains clauses that ensure that future CVSZ cannot violate the same act that established CVSZ with impunity. Any system must have natural checks and balances, which currently are missing; and in accordance with the first law of bureaucracies, where abuse is possible, abuse is inevitable!  To make this dream a reality, lets stand together and bring about this change.

Dr Rachel Jennifer Elliot Stewart

Dr Rachel Jennifer Elliot Stewart

Councillor

Born: 5th June 1968
Harare, Zimbabwe

BVSc from University of Zimbabwe (1991). MVSc from University of Saskatchewan, Canada specializing in Herd Medicine and Theriogenology (1995). DPhil from University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (2007).

Have worked in Zimbabwe continuously from 1995 to present date either at the University of Zimbabwe or with the National Association of Dairy Farmers of Zimbabwe (now called the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers). She is currently back in the employment of the University of Zimbabwe at the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

She is a member of the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association committee responsible for the Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal. She is the current editor of the Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal which has just been revived.

Vision

She would like to help the Council of Veterinary Surgeons of Zimbabwe meet the needs of the veterinary profession in the current Zimbabwean situation and to increase the relevance of Zimbabwean Veterinary professionals.

Dr Hastings Rachman Tongoona Sadziwa

Dr Hastings Rachman Tongoona Sadziwa

Councillor

Vision for Council: Our beloved veterinarian, young and old, mature or immature, experienced and those still gaining experience, and all other categories not mentioned have loud cries in need of attention. He vows to assist Council  hear the voices that have never been heard, to listen to the voices that have no ears presented to them and to recognize and respect every veterinary professional in Zimbabwe with due diligence. His vision is to build a healthy profession for the Zimbabwean veterinarian and for the animals, drugs and services in their care. The profession is in need of national and international recognition as well as respect. The future of the unborn veterinarian is in our hands today. Only the veterinary Council can help the profession achieve the above and more. With your support he looks forward to ‘us’ building a bigger and brighter future for the veterinary professional.
Dr. Unesu H. Ushewokunze-Obatolu

Dr. Unesu H. Ushewokunze-Obatolu

Councillor

Veterinarian of 38 years standing.

Principal Director responsible for the livestock sector, Government Chief Veterinary Officer and Delegate of Zimbabwe to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

Specialized in Veterinary Public Health and Veterinary Epidemiology to Doctorate level.

Career spanning laboratory diagnostics, epidemiological research with original publications, Animal health research management, Agricultural research management, Veterinary food control management, Animal disease prevention, surveillance and control, International animal disease surveillance, Animal health standard setting and risk analysis. Other interests in modern biotechnology applications, Policy design and implementation.

Mr. Tafadzwa R. Mugabe

Mr. Tafadzwa R. Mugabe

Councillor

Tafadzwa Ralph Mugabe is a lawyer practising in Harare.