Doctors treat people, and vets look after animals. Doctors usually have the advantage over vets in that they can talk to their patients; for vets, life would be so much easier if their patients could talk. The challenges for a Vet are big and many. So while most of us would want to become a medical professional and treat humans, only a few would choose to cure animals.
For Trishankar Hajong, the best option was to become a Vet and cure the speechless.
“My patients—the animals—are the best. They are always happy. They cannot talk, but they can certainly express, and sometimes more than humans. It is the caretaker of the animals who need counseling sometimes”, shared Trishankar.
Trishankar lost his father when he was 2 years old. He doesn’t even have faint memories of his father. He grew up in a family of six, facing a severe financial crisis. His uncle came forward to support his studies and he completed his 10th from Garudachal Vidyapeeth Belbari, Meghalaya. He then joined Ampati Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Meghalaya to complete his 12th examination in science. Trishankar then joined a college in Meghalaya to pursue his B.Sc. degree, but after a year he got selected for the Veterinary Assistant Course. He is currently working as a Veterinary Assistant at Veterinary Dispensary in Ampati.
“I treat pets as well as domestic animals. I try to save and cure each and every animal that comes through my door”, shared Trishankar, who befriended several animals in his neighborhood since when he was kid.
As a child Trishankar had faced much hardship. And when he saw a dog lying neglected on the road, he felt its pain. Thus he decided to grow up and help as many animals as he could.
“I am indebted to all the teachers of my school who taught me to treat everyone equally – whether humans or animals”, recalled Trishankar.
While we humans can talk and share our pain to a doctor, animals cannot express it in words. “We need to take care of animals more as much as we look after our loved ones”, Trishankar urged. He further added, “Humans are not the only creation of God. The divine also created animals, and it is our duty to love animals and take care of them”.
Trishankar treats animals clinically of course, but also with a lot of compassion first.
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