A three day training on “Vetero-Legal and Ethno-Veterinary Practice in Veterinary Medicine” was conducted at College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Jalukie, Peren from 22 to 24 March 2023. The programme was organised by the Departments of Veterinary Medicine as part of the feedback/suggestions from the veterinary officers of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Government of Nagaland.
Dr. I Shakuntala, dean, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Jalukie stated that such training programmes are the need of the hour. She explained that due to growing concerns of antimicrobial resistance and side effects of other allopathic medicine, alternative and traditional medicine are getting more attention in recent years. The dean also mentioned that the tribal people and ethnic races throughout the globe have developed their extensive knowledge of medicinal plants for treating illness.
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Dr. Gunjan Das, Professor and Head, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine and Course Director, in his address mentioned that Ethnoveterinary medicine plays a greater role in ameliorating animal diseases and is sometimes a better option for farmers to treat their sick animals as it provides efficient and cheap therapies along with their common accessibility. He also wished that this training programme would enhance the knowledge of veterinary officers on ethnoveterinary medicine and its application in their field practices.
Eleven veterinary officers from different Districts of Nagaland participated in the training.
An invited lecture on Vetero-Legal aspect of veterinary medicine practice was also delivered by Italang Ramlai, an advocate from Dimapur, while Dr. Fr. Vilasal Godfrey Thappo, Global Holistic Health Centre, Research and Training Institute, Jalukie was one of the invited resource persons. Neithono Kuotsu, Training Coordinator proposed the vote of thanks.