New Delhi, 25 November, 2011
Shri Rudhra Gangadharan, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India called upon veterinary professionals of the country to focus more on the precaution rather than cure of the livestock diseases. He was addressing Inaugural Session of the Expert Consultation on Strengthening the Veterinary Profession in India as Chief Guest.
While showing satisfaction over the current veterinary scenario, he expressed concern over challenges such as emerging zoonotic diseases, lack of adequate human resource and deficiency in quick delivery of veterinary services in rural areas. He emphasized that veterinary professionals should provide doorstep services to farmers which should necessarily include quick diagnosis and treatment. To make animal disease reporting system more effective, a National Animal Disease Reporting System will be launched soon, he added.
Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, appreciated the role of livestock in livelihood and trade of the country. India has a long and old tradition of veterinary medicine but strengthening of the veterinary profession is demand of the day, he said. He expressed concern over shortage of veterinary professionals and suggested increase in the number of veterinary universities for capacity building in the sector. We should also be proactive in overseas capacity building particularly in neighboring countries. As Chairman of the Session, he requested the participants to provide action points for growth and development of the veterinary profession in India.
Earlier, Prof K M L Pathak, Deputy Director General, Animal Science Division, ICAR, while welcoming dignitaries and participants traced the history of veterinary sciences in India and highlighted the main achievements of the country in this sector. One of the objectives of the Consultation is to develop a clear roadmap to strengthen veterinary profession in India, he said.
The Consultation is the first step to develop proposals to strengthen the veterinary profession in India by improving information support for practicing veterinarians, to enable them to base their practice on the best available evidence, and to help develop the curriculum in veterinary schools based on problem solving.
The National Consultation (25-26 November) is jointly organized by the ICAR, CABI, University of Edinburgh and WikiVet. Senior Officials of the Government of India, ICAR, CABI, International Organizations, Veterinary Research Institutions, Veterinary Universities and experts from India and abroad are participating in the Consultation.
Dr R K Khetarpal, Regional Director, CABI proposed vote of thanks.
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