The Veterinary hospital once constructed will be of great help to upgrade and provide regular upskilling to para vets which will be a cost effective way of providing veterinary service to Fijian farmers in the Agriculture Ministry.
This was highlighted today by the Minister for Agriculture Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy at the ground breaking ceremony for the veterinary teaching hospital in Koronivia.
“Our Animal health and Husbandry extension officers can be upskilled and multitasked to handle basic veterinary works if they go through short internships programs at the Teaching Hospital.
Minister Reddy highlighted that animal welfare is now becoming a critical issue and the countries in the region cannot afford to send its students to Universities in Australia and New Zealand.
He also said that the $30 Million Veterinary Teaching Hospital plays an important role in providing hands on practical experience to veterinarians of tomorrow on how to handle animals and treat them.
“But we need the right equipment’s and specialists, interns, experts in fields from anesthesia to specialized medicines. We may also require boarded specialists in both large and small animal internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, radiology, emergency and critical care, dermatology, oncology, animal reproduction, and more,” Minister Reddy said.
You will have referrals from across Fiji and our own Ministry’s para vets who undertake a lot of primary care of animals. We will also require, routine health care, rehabilitation, 24-hour emergency service and intensive care, or for on-farm animal care provided through an ambulatory service.”
He also stated that in order to attract international students, the hospital will require international accreditation such as the American Animal Hospital Association, which means it meets more than 900 standards that represent the best practices in veterinary care and hospital management.
Furthermore, standards focus on quality of care in anesthesia, contagious disease, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery, and emergency care.