STATE TIMES NEWS NAGROTA: To provide an insight of ongoing and emerging trends, Remount Veterinary (RV) Branch, White Knight Corps held a technical seminar on ‘Remount Veterinary Matters’. Eminent speakers, research scholars of both teaching institutes and private sector, officers of Remount Veterinary Corps (RVC) of White Knight Crops zone along with officers of BSF and SSB attended the seminar. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Dr Tahir Hussain Beg, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry (J&K), Brig Y V V S R Murty, Brig R V S, Northern Command, academia of Vet College, Jammu; Dr K G Umesh of MARS India and Dr Nitin Bhatia of INTAS. During the inauguration ceremony, souvenirs on veterinary issues and army dog training issues were also released. The seminar included topics for presentation and discussion, which addressed the challenges faced in terms of management, diagnosis and treatment of prevalent conditions in Army animals. Eminent Speaker, Dr K G Umesh of MARS India talked about the management, prevention and treatment of tick-borne infections in dogs, which has become an epidemic issue. Dr H R Bharadwaj, HoD, Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, College of Veterinary Sciences, Jammu, gave an insight on the management of colic in equines, which pose a challenge to army vets in treating horses/ mules, which serve in areas of deployment along LoC and high altitudes. Dr Tahir Hussain Beg, Director of Animal Husbandry, Department of J&K emphasized on Glanders, a deadly zoonotic disease of equines, which had outbreaks in Jammu region in recent past. He also elaborated on the efforts being made by J&K State Govt Animal Husbandry Deptt to contain the disease and measures being adopted to prevent its spread to Army animals. Chief Editor of INTAS Polivet, Dr Nitin Bhatia enlightened veterinarians on use of antibiotics in vet practice. RVC Officers presented topics pertaining to challenges faced in management of diseases of Army animals in field conditions. The advancements in the emerging trends of combat operations carried out by Army dogs were presented to equip our canine warriors to tackle greater challenges. The event was also accompanied by the display of latest drugs and equipments for veterinary use by country’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
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