World Rabies Day observed at UVAS
LAHORE (28-09-19): The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore observed World Rabies Day in befitting manner and arranged a walk, seminar, presentation on rabies and a vaccination camp to create awareness among public about rabies in City Campus Lahore.
Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha led the walk while Senior Tutor Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf, Prof Dr Tahir Yaqub, Incharge Pet Center Prof Dr Asim Khalid and a large number of students and faculty members participated. UVAS Pet Center started the camp by vaccinating a dog.
Later a seminar was held at conference hall, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the seminar. A number of students and faculty members attended the seminar. Similar programmes on rabies were also arranged in other campuses of UVAS.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha lauded the presentation and achievements of Assistant Prof Dr Jibran Hussain, and Ms Afsheen Shafqat a student of College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Jhang won prestige award of worth rupees US$3000 during Poultry Science Conference at the occasion of International Poultry Expo (IPEX-2019). He advised students to engage yourself in the professional activities related to veterinary profession including pet practice, food science & technologies, meat science, small and large animals dairy animal practitioners, nutrition while explore new opportunities, innovations, methodologies and developments for your bright future. He urged students to excel in the veterinary profession by utilizing your skills proving yourself for practical life and set targets where you want to see yourself after 10 years. He said UVAS is always providing its full support for the capacity building and professional development of its students and researchers.
Later, Associate Professor/Chairman Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Dr Muhammad Hassan Mushtaq gave detailed presentation on rabies current status and future control strategies. He highlighted rabies outbreak management, rabies control initiatives in Pakistan, world status in controlling rabies, dog population management and vaccine to improve health and welfare of own dog and stray dogs, techniques and scientific methods for mass dog vaccination, how to work in rabies affected areas and handle stray dogs, catch dogs, how to use control poles for prevention of rabies etc.
The purpose of the activity was to educate, vaccinate and eliminate rabies from the country. It was conducted to highlight the importance of the day by spreading awareness against rabies.