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Improving the delivery of veterinary services in India

Author(s) : S.V.N. Rao, V. Rasheed Sulaiman, K. Natchimuthu, S. Ramkumar & P.V.K. Sasidhar

Summary :

In pursuit of effective veterinary service delivery, the objectives of this study were threefold: i) reduce the shortage of technical personnel in veterinary universities (VUs) and animal husbandry departments (AHDs), ii) identify collaborative areas between VUs and AHDs, and iii) build the capacity of the veterinary and animal husbandry sector. Primary data were collected from all the 16 veterinary colleges and AHDs in five south Indian states on: i) student intake and the out-turn of veterinary graduates, ii) technical personnel – existing and required at various levels, iii) specific areas of collaboration where VUs and AHDs need each other and can extend support to each other, and iv) areas in which university faculty and field veterinarians would benefit from further training. Two focus group discussions were held with top administrators of VUs and AHDs to collect qualitative data. The results revealed that there are not enough veterinary graduates to meet the needs of the system and that there is a shortage of faculty, field veterinarians and para-veterinarians.

Keywords
Animal husbandry department – Capacity building – Collaboration – Human resource planning – India – Para-veterinarian – Veterinarian – Veterinary university.

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