U.S. Students Hail Subsidy for Veterinary Care in India

U.S. Students Hail Subsidy for Veterinary Care in India

It is interesting to learn that veterinary vaccines and treatment is supplemented by the Indian Government unlike the United States where treating pets and cattle is very expensive, says Julia Treseder, a third year student of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ( DVM ).

She was here at the Veterinary College and Research Institute for about a week with five of her classmates from VirginiaTech Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as part of their six week clinical tour at veterinary institutions and clinics in Tamil Nadu.

Julia told press reporter that another major difference between the countries in veterinary care was the care for animals. “In our country we focus on preventive medication such as detection and vaccination but in India importance is given for treatment,” she added.

Jessica Romine said that they had to choose Chile or India for their visit as she added that they opted for India as they were impressed with the one hour presentation made by their seniors when they returned to Virginia after taking part in a similar programme last year.

Jennifer Finder finds it amazing to see how quick veterinarians here provide treatment to the animals. She said that in the U.S. they spend more time diagnosing the cause for the discomfort of the animals but observed that the vets here are more concerned about treating and relieving them from their ailment.

Cathryn Doyle who is interested in pursuing higher education in wild life studies exclaimed that she has heard that wild life in India is really wild. “It is not so wild in the U.S. as wild animals could be seen only in the zoos unlike in few parts of India where people see tigers and elephants as part of their day to day activities,” she adds.

She said she was keen to drop into the elephant sanctuary at Top Slip and wild life sanctuary at Mudhumalai before returning.

The team felt that the opportunity to touch the ailing animals, administer vaccines and medicines for different types of diseases and conducting pregnancy tests for some the pets was the striking feature of their tour. They said that they had not done them before.

Backyard rearing of country chicken plays a vital role in rural economy, they said. “It’s different,” they said with a smile as they recollected how it looked and behaved. Straying animals was an offence anywhere in U.S. but quite common here, they observed.

During their stay in Namakkal they also took part in the mass contact programme for animals atop Kolli Hills, visited poultry farms, Avian Diagnostic Lab, interacted with scientists, students and professors at the VCRI and at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra.