Hyderabad — Humane Society International/India and Blue Cross of Hyderabad launched a series of trainings for 112 government veterinarians from Andhra Pradesh on Monday at the Blue Cross of Hyderabad facility in Jubilee Hills. The 112 veterinarians have been divided into seven batches and each batch will undergo a 14-day training practical training for spay/neuter surgery of dogs between April and July 2016. Due to the practical nature of this training program, more than 2,300 dogs in Hyderabad will be sterilized and vaccinated during this time.
As part of the training, HSI/India is providing experienced veterinarians as trainers, surgery equipment and a dog-catching vehicle. Along with practical training, knowledge about best practices in pre- and post-op care for dogs will also be given. Rahul Sehgal, director, HSI explains, “Our goal is to train these government veterinarians to perform high-quality surgeries and share our best practices with them so that they can go back to their districts and replicate an effective and high-quality humane dog population program.”
All training sessions will be held at Blue Cross of Hyderabad and they will also be providing dog catchers and medicines required for the surgeries of the dogs. Through these trainings, HSI/India will also be able to strengthen Blue Cross of Hyderabad’s capacity by training their dog-catchers in humane hand-catching method and training their staff to use HSI/India’s technology used to maintain database. Ms. Amala Akkineni, Chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad, says, “Blue Cross of Hyderabad is honoured to host this training program. When our Patron, Akkineni Nagarjuna funded our state-of-the-art Veterinary Surgery building, we were hopeful that Blue Cross would one day become a valuable resource for animal surgery for the Telugu speaking States. It is our dream come true. We are committed to reducing stray animal population the humane way. We are grateful to the Governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and for the partnership with Humane Society International/India. We also acknowledge the immense role of the Animal Welfare Board of India to make this possible.”
Dr. Chinny Krishna, Chairman Emeritus, Blue Cross of India & VC, AWBI was the Chief Guest at the event and said, “I am delighted that the Blue Cross of Hyderabad is starting this training center. Good intentions alone are not enough and well-trained personnel are essential for the ABC program to be carried out properly and humanely.”
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, has been the backbone of driving this training program. He says, “I am extremely happy to learn that Blue Cross, Hyderabad, in association with Humane Society International/India, is conducting ABC surgical training program for the veterinarians of AP, Telangana and other states of the country. It is a very important step towards control of stray dog population and thereby controlling cases of dog bites and rabies. This initiative of Blue Cross needs to be appreciated by all. The Government of AP will support this training program in all possible way. I commend the efforts of Ms. Amala and her entire team in Blue Cross, Hyderabad for this good work being done. I wish the training program a grand success.”
Representing GHMC, Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Venkateshwar Reddy said, “We are grateful to Blue Cross of Hyderabad, HSI/India and Animal Welfare Board of India for starting this program. We at GHMC offer our full support. We have already seen a reduction of more than 2,500 dog bite cases. I am happy to inform that there have been no rabies deaths in the past three years in Hyderabad city limits. The GHMC commissioner has given sanctions for upgrading all sterilization (ABC) centers. With all this in tandem, I am sure dog population and dog bite cases will further decrease with the help of this training.”
These trainings will enable the state government’s Animal Husbandry departments of Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Govt. of Telangana to implement the animal birth control protocols successfully, following the Hon. Supreme Court’s orders in November 2015 and February 2016. Following this step taken by the Andhra Pradesh State Government, the State of Telangana has also shown keen interest in getting veterinarians trained from their state as well. Help fund more life-saving programs for street dogs.
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