Monday, December 16, 2013

Bidar gets animal care unit

It run by the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal, and Fisheries Sciences University

A state-of-the-art critical care unit for animals was started at the Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal, and Fisheries Sciences University on Chidri Road here on Friday.

“This is the first hospital in the district providing emergency medical services to animals. It has testing, life support systems, and post operative treatment facilities in the general medicine, surgery and gynecology wings,” C. Renuka Prasad, Vice-Chancellor, KVAFSU, said. “It will provide quality treatment to animals and reduce mortality rates among cattle and small animals. This will reduce the loss of animal rearing farmers. This will also make our students better veterinarians,” he said.

“The unit has been set up with funding from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research. We have several other plans to strengthen the teaching–learning process in the university,” Suresh Honnappagol, assistant director-general (education quality assurance and reforms), who inaugurated the centre on Friday, told The Hindu .

The hospital has a large animal screening area, pet treatment area, diagnostic facilities such as X- ray, ECG, ultra sound scanning, pathology laboratory, and a well-equipped operation theatre for large animals. It also has an artificial insemination centre and inpatient care facilities. The laboratory has blood sampling facilities. It is also equipped with instruments to carry out bio-chemical estimations of patients.

“The hospital will reduce the reaction time in the treatment of animals,” M. Khaja, assistant professor, who is in charge of the gynaecology wing in the hospital, said, adding “We will help pet lovers by offering treatment and counselling on pet keeping.”