Our association with animals is perhaps as old as the human civilization. Facilities for treatment of animals existed in an organized way even as early as the time of Chandragupt Mauriya and Ashoka (2-300 BC) After establishment of few schools for training of what we call today as paravets, a regular veterinary college came up at Lahore (now in Pakistan) in the year 1882 and was followed by colleges at Bombay 1886 and Madras in 1903. Veterinary education has come a long way since then. Today we have a number of colleges imparting highly specialized and professional training and expertise in veterinary sciences, related disciplines and animal husbandry vocation. Veterinary education has become a multidimensional training: with pure treatment of diseases on one end of the spectrum and biotechnology and economics of live stock industry on the other end with ecology, environment and zoonosis somewhere in between. Today’s veterinarian has to be fully equipped in all areas of our involvement with animals. This calls for a robust and dynamic educational system, regulatory safeguards on standards and quality of education imparted and also development of professional and employability skills in the veterinary pass outs.
With a huge animal population and ever increasing demands from livestock sector, the requirement of veterinariansto serve multiple sectors continues to increase. It is in this background that private sector has ventured in to this area of specialized human resource development. It is a welcome step and has duly been recognized as a potential game changer in the livestock economy of the country.
After having been associated with few praiseworthy institutions imparting veterinary education, I feel privileged to return to veterinaryteaching and academics by becoming a part of the young and competent faculty of MJF College of veterinary sciences.
I extend my best wishes to this institution, and all individuals and organizations associated with it.
We shall shortly be welcoming a fresh batch of students and some additions to our faculty. I extend my best wishes to all aspirants and hope boys and girls who join this institution bring in enthusiasm and a commitment to work hard for acquiring best skills and knowledge.
Let us all endeavor to work hard for establishing this institution on highest academic and professional standards. That alone will be our contribution towards the profession that we have chosen for ourselves and a tribute to founders of this institution.