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Acute shortage of veterinarians

by | Apr 29, 2023 | NATIONAL, NEWS, Opinions | 0 comments

BY: AKMAL AZIZ

Although the role of veterinarians or animal doctors have changed, they are considered to be unappreciated, and what is worse now is that there is an acute shortage of veterinarians in all sectors in the country.

Veterinarians play the role of looking after livestock, poultry and fisheries to ensure the meat and seafood consumed by the public is safe and they have diversified into animal based pharmaceuticals and the animal feed industries.

The shortage of veterinarians is the biggest challenge facing the profession in the country as only Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UKM) have veterinary medicine facilities.

This has resulted in undergraduates being employed even before they pass out and the collaboration between the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), UPM and the Malaysian Veterinary Medical Association has failed to produce more veterinarians.

In order to ensure food security, veterinarians need to be trained in animal production and nutrition to be in line with the government’s stand since the DVS comes under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry.

There was also a need for the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) to better understand the need for certain drugs in veterinary practice such as relaxing the strict regulation of the use of ketamine on animals.

-THE MALAYSIA VOICE

** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher

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