Vets’ Care Club Pakistan was first established at the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Lahore (UVAS), and on April 29 2011 set up their second Vets’ Care Club at the University College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB).
Speaking at the occasion, the President of VCO, Dr. Mohsin Ali Bhatti, said that VCO has been working with UVAS since 2001 and it has always been a dream to extend its circle to other veterinary institutes. Prof. Aftab, Dean of the Faculty of Science, congratulated VCO for its leading role in the betterment of the veterinary profession in Pakistan. Our QCA associate, Dr. Waseem Shaukat, administered the oath to the newly selected executive body of the Vets Care Club, IUB in which they committed to extend their dedication for the advance of the veterinary profession and the welfare of animals in Pakistan.
Vets Care Organization Pakistan and the Vets Care Club IUB also organized a poster competition to highlight the diverse roles of veterinarians in society. Large number of veterinary students submitted their posters, out of which 59 were selected to participate in the final competition. The posters were displayed in the gallery which was visited by a large number of people.
The third major event was the awareness walk at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Large numbers of faculty members, veterinary students and veterinarians participated in the walk, displaying slogans and banners which caught the attention of the public.
Following the walk, a full day seminar was organized in the Faculty of Sciences. VCO President Dr. Bhatti highlighted the importance of celebrating World Veterinary Day. Some of the highlights of the seminar were:
Following the theme of the WVD 2011, a lecture on rabies was delivered by Dr. Fazal Mahmood who explained the cause, diagnosis and prevention of the disease. Amongst other events, a competition of presentations on “Veterinarians’ Roles in Society” was held, in which four members from the Vets Care Club IUB participated, highlighting different aspects of the veterinarians’ role in the society. The winners were awarded the shield.
Vets Care Organization Pakistan and Vets Care Club UVAS executed an important awareness campaign at the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Lahore, including the display of banners, posters & pamphlets in and outside the campus to create awareness about the veterinary profession in general and rabies in particular.
Since the theme of WVD 2011 was rabies, between April 30 and May 1, a Free Rabies Vaccination Camp was held at UVAS Pet Center in Lahore. Present on the occasion were also UVAS deans, directors, faculty members and a large number of students. Vets’ Care’s volunteers remained on the camp from 9:00 – 17:00 on both the days.
To encourage the public to bring their animals for vaccination, announcements about the camp had been made through various means of communication. As a result, a large number of pet owners rushed to the camp and had their animals vaccinated against rabies free of charge. A large number of students, faculty members, general public, and media professionals visited the camp and appreciated the effort made by VCO. Awareness literature and messages about rabies were also conveyed to the visitors. Media coverage was provided by various TV channels and newspapers.
Vets’ Care Organization also organized a two days free Rabies Vaccination Camp at the Civil Veterinary Hospital Bahawalpur on May 07 – 08 , to initiate the Rabies control program. This camp focused on vaccinating the maximum number
of pet and stray dogs, as well as creating awareness among the general public about the prevention of rabies and immediate action to take in case of bites by dogs who might have been infected.
Vets’ Care Organization Pakistan commits to continue its efforts for the uplift of the veterinary
profession in Pakistan.