In India, Internet kiosks are being used to
link animal owners in remote areas to veterinarians who can offer them medical advice over
the World Wide Web. Most of India's 600,000 villages are home to farm animals and
companion animals; most also lack trained vets, according to
Ashok Jhunjhunwala, founder of n-Logue Communications, which developed the Internet
kiosks. Currently there are 450 Vet on the Net kiosks set up in rural villages
throughout India, with plans to add another 9000 units this year. Each kiosk has a
computer with local language software, and features video-conference capabilities, with a
camera allowing veterinarians to view most animals such as cats, dogs and chickens
in real time. If the animal is too large or too sick to fit inside the booth
a cow or a horse, for instance the owner can email pictures to aid in the
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and medical care. If small animals don't grab your fancy
then you can look at rural veterinary work, which heavily involves cattle, sheep, pigs and
larger animals such as horses. 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. Suggests Dr. P. A. Deore in an web based Vet
Helpline" As a scientist, study biomechanics of lameness in animals. Working animals
contribute to the tune of Rs.1100/Million per day in the farm of traction & transport.
Angle of hooves, that of joints and nutrition cleft distance, waters and fodder quality
all contribute to lameness. This is one field, which needs field study on large scale.
There is need to study 'Production Anatomy' a new branch of anatomy, which deals with
production of different animals. As a free citizen of India every farmer is entitled to
know what Veterinarian does for his animal."
Other potential careers involve work with governmental agencies controlling livestock
diseases, eradication of outbreaks or infected herds, quarantine inspection and research
into various forms of animal diseases.
If you don't think you can become a vet, then there are other careers within the animal
welfare profession you can look at, such as being a veterinary nurse, receptionist or
Whatever your level of career ambition, if you love animals then there are many different
levels of participation in the industry. The scope for veterinarians in the future is
bright. As keeping pets is becoming a fad now, the demand for private veterinary clinics
is on the rise in metropolitan cities. And similarly, there has been an unprecedented
growth in the poultry sector and animal products' technology sector, resulting in an
increased demand for veterinarians here too.
To practice as a veterinarian it is essential to have a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary
Science (BVSc). It consists of several introductory years which may include some
"pre-vet" or general scientific training.
These preclinical years provide a foundation in veterinary anatomy, biochemistry,
pharma-cology, pathology, parasitology, animal breeding, botany, animal feeding and
nutrition, radiology, virology, microbiology, zoology, animal physiology, physics,
chemistry and other important subject areas. The final years of most veterinary medicine
degrees consist of a greater proportion of practical clinical work (e.g. internal
medicine, dentistry, surgery, obstetrics), in which students are guided to apply the
theory they have learned in a supervised environment. When students complete their
education, they are normally granted a diploma as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or a
Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD).
veterinary colleges in almost all states offering both graduate and postgraduate courses
in veterinary sciences and animal husbandry.