In our ancient Indian culture, mythology and literature, animals have always been given respectable positions and many were also worshiped as the divine. In modern context with increasing awareness of animal rights and protection, new light is being shed on maintenance of their health and habitat.
In India a large section of the economy is dependent on animal husbandry and dairy production. According to 2012 statistics with the National Dairy Development Board, India’s livestock industry alone is worth more than Rs 3 lakh crore, contributing to nearly 4 percent of National GDP.
As many of these farmers are poor, it becomes more important to provide quality veterinary health services at an affordable rate. Many of the veterinary services are supported by the government and are free, but slowly there is an increase in the number of private practitioners as well.
Dr. Neha Sharma, alumni of SVM Shikshanagar, Morena, Madhya Pradesh is a Veterinary practitioner, by profession. Recently she talked about her career and passion for animal service via an interview, whose brief extract has been given below.
Interviewer: Please give us a background of your academic and professional journey so far.
Dr. Sharma: I am an alumni of SVM Shikshanagar, Morena, where I had studied till class 12. After completion of my schooling, I did my graduation in Veterinary (BVSc and AH) from Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University. Then for the next three years I completed my Masters of Veterinary Science degree in Surgery and Radiology. After that I joined as a Veterinary field practitioner in Guna under Madhya Pradesh govt. I have been working here since July 2018.
Interviewer: What would you suggest to any Vidya Bharati student who would like to follow the same profession as yours?
Dr. Sharma: If someone is truly passionate about animal service, then only one should come into this field as there is a lot of struggle and hardship in this sector. If someone comes into this profession as a second option to the human medical profession, then I would advise them to think twice before opting this profession. As for the scope of the subject, it is slowly increasing. Although there are limited positions open under the governmental jobs, one can always opt for private practice in one’s own clinic or private hospitals, as there is a huge demand for good veterinary doctors. In Madhya Pradesh there are a total of five colleges where one can study this subject.
Interviewer: Why did you take up this profession?
Dr Sharma: My father Dr Ronak Sharma was in the same profession and I have grown up witnessing his selfless dedication to his profession. This influenced me greatly and wished to be associated with animal service, so I took up this profession. My brother is also a doctor, but he is in the human medical field. So you can see that both of us siblings were inspired by the familial environment that we grew up in.
Interviewer: Please tell us something about your family background.
Dr Sharma: Our family hails from Morena and my father is a doctor in the veterinary department in Morena. I have two younger brothers, who are also Vidya Bharati alumni. One of my brothers is a medical professional in Morena and the other is studying law. Our mother is a housewife.
Interviewer: How was your experience at your childhood school?
Dr Sharma: The method of studies in our school was very good and our teachers were very supportive towards each and every student. Initially I and my siblings were not that good in academics, but after class 9 we started to focus more on our studies. Our teachers always encouraged us to do better in each examination and gave as targets that each of us had to fulfil. Our teachers were huge inspirations to us and we still remember the lessons taught by them.
Interviewer: Would you like to share any message with the Vidya Bharati community?
Dr Sharma: Along with good academics, what sets Vidya Bharati School apart is the moral values and ‘Sanskars’ that are instilled in each and every student. The environment as a whole is very good and everyone feels like family. I would urge every parent to admit their children to Vidya Bharati schools, at least for a few years, because that will lead to their Children’s personal growth.
Vidya Bharati Purv Chatra Parishad thanks Dr. Neha Sharma for taking out time from her busy schedule and sharing her experiences with the community.
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