|"All Creatures Great and Small"
|James Herriot inspired many to become vets in
Millions of Indians still live directly off animal husbandry. Innovative application of
modern veterinary science can help improve the lives of both the animals and their owners.
Want to become Indias Herriot?
Most people will have had some contact with vets
either through the family pets, or on TV in the form of James Herriot, the pen name of
James Alfred Wight a British veterinary surgeon and writer.
The work they do helping sick creatures will tug at the heartstrings. While
these guys make it look easy, becoming a vet is seriously hard work. In fact, getting into
a veterinary career is harder than becoming a doctor! Until recently, vets have had to
struggle against indifference to their profession in the developing world. But these days,
the welfare of domestic animals is seen more positively as an essential part of rural
development and an indication of a modern progressiveoutlook.
The large majority of vets will end up working in private practice small
operations, of between one and four animal doctors where family pets will be the
mainstay of these businesses. Most veterinary doctors, develop a particular area of
expertise. As there are limited opportunities in areas of specialised research and
breeding of animals in India, a majority of veterinarians choose to work in urban areas,
where the work would mostly include the care and handling of domestic pets, or in the
government's animal husbandry departments. As with a doctor handling the medical ailments
of human beings, a veterinarian's work involves diagnosing the ailment of an animal,
through physical and clinical examination, and the administration of appropriate
medication. It also involves the timely administration of vaccines for preventing disease,
and advising on matters of nutrition