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Vet on the net

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 veterinarian's diagnosis.

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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 animal attendant.

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.

Eligibility

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).

There are veterinary colleges in almost all states offering both graduate and postgraduate courses in veterinary sciences and animal husbandry.

 

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