Saturday, April 27, 2013

Vet Varsity Celebrates World Veterinary Day

Ludhiana, April 27

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) celebrated World Veterinary Day in its campus at Silver Jubilee Block. The Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU, Dr. V. K. Taneja inaugurated the free vaccination and deworming camp for pet animals. "Vaccination of animals helps people to protect their livestock and companion animals, as well as themselves in case of zoonotic diseases. Through well-organized vaccination campaigns many infectious diseases can be eradicated," said Dr. Taneja. He exhorted the veterinarians, teachers and students to work hard to mitigate the suffering of animals. Dr. P. S. Mavi, Head, Department of the Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex, said that on this occasion, about 200 pets were given anti-rabies vaccine and deworming. He said that World Veterinary Day is celebrated all over the world on the last Saturday of April every year. Dr. Mavi revealed that "Rabies" is a killer viral disease that is mainly transmitted to humans through bite of rabid dogs, monkeys, mongoose etc. It is estimated that 36% (20,000) of the world's rabies deaths (55,000) occur in India each year.

Expert lectures on the importance of vaccination in livestock and pet animals were also delivered. The function was attended by the University officers, head of the departments, faculty members, retired professors, undergraduate and post-graduate students and pet owners. Pharmaceutical companies including Indian Immunologicals, Intas and MSD also participated in the function.

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