It was as a student, quite a few years ago, when I started working on a dream of mine, which I later found to be a common one in many of my friends and colleagues.
We were all
studying to be vets at the
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Shuhama, Srinagar (SKUAST-K).
It was then that the currently known Society
for Advancement of Veterinary Education was conceived. We had then christened it Students for Advancement of
Veterinary Education. The result sought then as now was to sensitize the veterinary fraternity
and the prospective students (and the society) towards the changing needs of the profession and to act as conduits and
catalysts for future trends and perspectives. Much water has passed under
the bridge since.
Having spent almost all of our money in launching the first veterinary
magazine of the state (producing a single print issue only) and then sufficing
with a wall magazine (even that I hear has been taken over by faculty
now), trying to revitalize student teacher associations, and then going on
through a brief
stint with International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA) where we
learnt its not the message you have but the dollars you can afford that will
determine your fate..........(I could write about scores of other things, but), anyways we have come a long way. A long and arduous
way for anyone to quit, normally. However old habits die hard. And here we
are, leaving the baggage of past behind, with a website now. This website,
considering its wide availability (not to mention affordability) will try
and help with some of our goals.
In the website we have endeavored to provide the
veterinarian and students of veterinary sciences in this corner of the
world access to better information and resources by harnessing the powers of the internet and Informtion Technology. This combined with the digital ease and increased availability of personal and public computers will go a long way in satisfying the needs for
quality learning resources and up-to-date information that Veterinary professionals and students feel.
also dare to provide a platform for meaningful expression, to highlight
the problems faced by the Vets (practicing or budding) and to stimulate
changes from quarters that matter. This website will try to portray the
various facets of the Veterinary profession in India and Jammu & Kashmir and to
familiarize the visitors with the challenges faced by the profession, and also to find ways and means for its growth and sustenance
in the future. We also have
tried to put up something for our other interested visitors (pet owners
and livestock farmers). This is our small (literally) way of serving the
noblest of professions and its practitioners.
Dr Anjum Andrabi
The organization of students from whom
all this began deserve a special place on this website, since it is from fertile minds of students that future crops for the Veterinary profession will be reaped. I am however informed that no student body is currently functioning at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. (Hoping it revives and
continues the work badly needed)