Check out what a day in the life of a veterinary doctor is like. If you love animals this could be for you.
Today, I met someone interesting. Someone who loves animals and takes care of them too. Doctor Afsal is a Veterinarian. He works with Doctor Cat, India’s first cat speciality clinic. Having wanted to be a doctor he chose animals as he really cared for them.
“There are many options available once you become a vet. You can treat small or large animals. In fact, there are many more career opportunities too. One could opt to work in the dairy or in the poultry industry too.” The Veterinary College, in Chennai was the first college dedicated to animals. There's one in Namakkal too. As a doctor his days start very early.
“All my surgeries are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. onwards. Being a cat specialist most operations are sterilisations, but I do get a few ortho and hernia cases too. And that includes dental, fur problems and food.”
With the operations done it's time to attend on the patients. There is a long queue waiting.
“Having your own clinic helps stay connected with the pet. A room to take care of X rays, ultrasound, stores and an operation theatre are some basic things you need to treat animals. As a consultant you will be required to do regular health check ups, administer vaccines, booster doses and take care of persisting ailments.”
Post lunch, Dr. Afsal usually spends his time with the few felines who have been operated upon. “Post operative care is as necessary as the operation or the prepping up. They need to be reminded that they are okay and will soon be able to go home.”
All Dr Afsal’s cases are on record and up to date. “We have a website and I think it’s a great idea to register your pet and keep tabs. As a doctor one of the prerequisites is to be accessible through the day.”
“If you want to become a veterinary doctor, one absolute necessity is that you should love animals and be able to deal with them too. The number of openings available these days is huge. In fact, I started with working in the Army. They have horses and mules and dogs and you could serve there too. As a student you have many opportunities especially if you want hands-on experience before you make your career choice. You can also take up a part-time job at a clinic. The Arc, in Chennai helps students take up internships during their holidays and they get a rounded and guided view on what it takes to become a Vet.
Another interesting activity you get to engage in is meeting families who want to buy pets, talking to them, understanding their needs, time and homes and suggesting which pet to buy.
“We also run them through some basic guidelines on caring.”
As a Vet you can associate with various animal welfare organisations. Dr. Afsal chose Cattitude. “We help by treating for the cats, create awareness among the public and break a few catty myths. But one thing I want to emphasise is not to humanise them as that does more harm than good.”
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