Nearly half of the sanctioned posts of veterinary doctor and para-veterinary staff in the Department of Animal Husbandry in Dakshina Kannada remain vacant even as 2011 was observed as “World Veterinary Year”.

“World Veterinary Year” is being observed to mark the 250 anniversary of the foundation of the world's first veterinary school in Lyon, France, in 1761. Sources in the Department of Animal Husbandry under Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat here told The Hindu that as a whole, more than half of the total sanctioned posts in the department (under zilla panchayat) in the district were vacant. According to K.V. Halagappa, Deputy Director, Department of Animal Husbandry, of the 48 sanctioned posts of veterinary doctor in the district 23 were vacant. Of the 170 sanctioned posts of para-veterinary staff 100 were vacant. As a whole, of the 421 posts, including doctor, para-veterinary staff, ministerial staff and group D workers, 244 remained vacant. He said para-veterinary staff had to manage 55 primary veterinary centres in the district. The Deputy Director said there were 13 veterinary hospitals headed by assistant directors. As there was a shortage of doctors now, they were in-charge of some dispensaries as well. The district had 35 dispensaries for which some doctors were needed. Mr. Halagappa said the announcement by the government last month that a veterinary college would be set up in Puttur would help many candidates interested in taking up veterinary profession. At present, candidates from the district had to join colleges in Hassan, Shimoga, Bangalore or Bidar for Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry courses.

He said the Karnataka Veterinary Council had issued a directive to organise a function to mark “World Veterinary Year” here on April 28.

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