World Veterinary Day Celebrated at NDRI

2nd May 2014, Karnal

National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal celebrated the World Veterinary Day with the theme ‘Animal Welfare’ on 2nd May, 2014.

Dr. G.S. Jakhar, Director General, Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Haryana was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his address, Dr. Jakhar stressed upon the importance of veterinarians in improving animal welfare. He informed that the individual animal productivity and overall production status in Haryana is good and this is high time to educate and motivate the farmers about the importance of animal welfare.

While addressing the gathering, Dr. Shakti Singh, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Haryana underscored the importance of proper handling of animal and to protect their rights.

Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director, NDRI presided over the function. In his remark, he informed the about the recent shift in livestock production systems from traditional human-animal bonded system to commercial animal machinery system. He discussed about the five freedoms of animals and how they are changed under the changing production scenario. He also stressed that the Veterinarians and livestock farmers need to be committed to promote animal welfare while handling different production processes. Dr. Srivastava also informed that NDRI and WSPA are drafting ‘Animal welfare Codes’ for commercial and semi-commercial dairy farms.

A total number of 160 participants including scientists, veterinarians and students attended the program. The program was sponsored by the Karnal Livestock Development Services (KLDS) and INTAS Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

 Dr. K.P.S. Tomar proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: NDRI, Karnal)