Your Career as a Veterinarian
A veterinarian is a person who not only treats animals but also helps animals to remain in good health. Veterinary profession is suitable for those who love animals and has a compassionate predisposition for animals. Primary object of a veterinarian is to render service to the community by facilitating health care of animals, ensuring veterinary public health, caring for sick animals and alleviating their sufferings. Whosoever chooses the profession assumes the obligation to conduct oneself in accordance with the noble ideals of serving the dumb and mute creatures. She/He shall conduct herself/himself with propreity and professionalism which shall be obvious in all actions of her/his life. It shall be necessary for a veterinarian to be temperate in all matters of practice of profession and to exercise clear and vigorous application of mind. A veterinarian shall merit the trust and confidence of the clients, rendering their animals with full measure of service and devotion. Since animals are not able to verbally explain their pain and suffering, a veterinarian has to study the animal behaviour that helps diagnosing any expression of pain or abnormal behaviour.
Remember that it is a profession where service delivery with compassion is of primary importance; rewards and remuneration are of secondary importance.
Veterinary Science was well developed in India as early as Vedic period. Atharava Veda (1500-500 B.C.) has reference on horse management and treatment, elephant management and health care etc. Emperor Ashoka the grandson of Chandra Gupta Maurya who turned to Buddhism, had given Veterinary Science in India a new turn. It is described that worlds first veterinary hospital on record, existed in Ashokas regime. (Schwabe C.W. 1978; Cattle, Priests and Progress in Medicine, University Minnesota Press Pp 13 & 1331).
During the period of Ashoka, human and animal hospitals existed side by side. The Veterinarians were among the few privileged persons who had an endowment of land from the ruler. Medicines and herbs were regularly supplied and were even imported when needed. Large areas were earmarked for cultivating medicinal plants and herbs. Hospitals had well defined wards, where patients were housed and treated indoors. The Baniyan Hospital of Surat is believed to be one of them. It consisted of a large piece of ground enclosed by high walls and sub-divided into several courts (or wards) for accommodating of animals.
Period of renaissance, saw a decline of Veterinary Science. Around 1791-99 (British Rule) due to large scale epidemics and economic losses some interest aroused in Veterinary science. The first veterinary training school came into existence in 1862 (in Pune). In 1882 the first veterinary college was established at Lahore; this was followed by establishment of other colleges viz. Bombay in 1884, in Bengal in 1893, in Madras in 1902 and in Bihar in 1930. At the time of independence there were 9 veterinary colleges in India.
There are 33 veterinary colleges at present in the country. Two or three more are likely to be established during Fifth Five Year Plan period.
The Veterinary Council of India is a statutory body of the Government of India framed under an Act of Parliament i.e. Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984 (52 of 1984). This is an Act to regulate Veterinary practice and Veterinary education. The Act stands extended to all the States of India except Tamilnadu and J&K as on date. Only those who possess recognised veterinary qualification and registered can practice in the country.
Qualification for admission to a Veterinary College in India
A candidate for admission to the Veterinary Course must have obtained not less than 50% of the aggregate marks in English, Physics, Chemistry & Biology, (I) at the qualifying examination (or at the higher examination) in the case of Veterinary College where the admissions are made on the basis of marks obtained at these examination or (ii) 50% of the total marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together at the competitive entrance examination where such admissions are held for selection.
In case of candidates belonging to the Schedule Castes/the Schedule Tribes or other special category of students as specified by the Government from time to time, marks required for admission shall be 10% less than that prescribed for general category. The candidates are normally admitted in colleges through competitive entrance examination.
Veterinary Council of India conducts an All India Common Entrance Examination for filling up of 15% of the total no. of seats of each Veterinary colleges of all States where the Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984 extends. This entrance exam is being held in the month of May each year. An advertisement to the effect would appear in leading newspapers and employment news.
The entrance examination of the State Universities are conducted after the qualifying (12th or Plus 2) exam is held by the respective Board/University/examining body of the States. Some States hold Joint Entrance Examination along with medical, engineering and other professional courses.
Duration of the Course
The duration of the undergraduate course i.e. Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) is five academic years including compulsory internship of six months duration. The degree awarded on completion of the training period is B.V.Sc. & A.H. (Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry).
Subjects to be Studied :
Job Opportunities for Veterinarians
1. State Government
2. Centralised Sectors
Universities, State Veterinary Universities, or Universities having Veterinary Faculty.