SRINAGAR: World Veterinary Day-2015 was observed Saturday in Kashmir Valley.
An event was organised by the faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry of SK University of Agriculture Science and Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K), in which the veterinary scientists, dignitaries from line department, academicians, journalists, and students participated.
The programme started with a rally from Student Activity Centre to the faculty lawns. The rally was flagged off by Vice Chancellor, Dr Tej Pratap.
Later, a flag of World Veterinary Association was also hoisted and Scientific Exhibition inaugurated.
The exhibition depicted activities of various divisions of faculty of Veterinary Sciences, with experts including Head Parisitology Prof RA Shahardar, and Head of Veterinary Public Health Dr ZH Munshi, delivering lectures.
The speakers talked about the Zoonotic diseases, highlighting the role of various vectors in the transmission of diseases between animals and humans.
Dean Veterinary faculty, Prof Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani, highlighted the effect of climate change and recently occurring natural disasters observed in the state, and the likely chances of emergence of various vector-borne Zoonotic diseases.
Prof Farooq Ahmad Zaki, who is the Dean Horticulture faculty and an eminent entomologist, stressed on the need for greater vigil in the coming days with respect to vectors and vector-borne Zoonosis.
Meanwhile, the World Veterinary Day was also observed in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, with the Animal Husbandry department organising a function in Sumlar area.
The theme of the event was ‘Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential’.
The achievements made by the department were highlighted during the event, with the authorities stating that milk production in the district during the last financial year was recorded as 81.38 thousand tons.
The officers revealed that the department vaccinated 53,000 animals while 72,046 contagious and non-contagious cases were treated during the year in the district.
At least 1,317 major and minor surgeries were conducted under the poultry development programme, they said, adding about 1,780 backyard units were established during the programme.