Nodal Officer: Dr Prahlad Singh, Professor, Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana caters to the specialized Veterinary needs of the livestock of the state. At the University, in the year 2019, about 33,262 large and small animal referred patients were treated and 19,333 samples were tested in diagnostic laboratory. Ferrying the costly sick animals for specialized veterinary treatment to Ludhiana is expensive, time consuming and unprofitable. Most of the farmers are unable to get these facilities. University along with the support of Punjab Government has taken an initiative to extend these Specialized Veterinary Services through establishment of Multi- Specialty Veterinary Hospital and Regional Research Centers at different locations in the State. First of its kind initiative has been taken by establishing a ‘Multi-Specialty Veterinary Hospital and Regional Research Center (MSVH&RRC) at Village Sappanwali, Abohar, Fazilka with dedicated area specific specialized services, diagnostic facility, surgical suites and a spectrum of technologies to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of complex disease conditions leading to much needed respite to the farmers.
Most of the livestock problems from District Fazilka and adjoining borders that require specialized care will be provided at the MSVH&RRC. District Fazilka rears about 69 thousand cattle including graded Sahiwal. Research facility and provision of breeding services is necessary to promote the growth of this very important local breed of dairy cattle. Abohar area is also known as ‘Equine Belt’ which has Shown a decline in equine population by 51.9% over the last around 7 years. MSVH&RRC has a mandate to impart immediate veterinary services, knowledge and technical support to equine owners through extension. The Center also envisages the promotion of area specific need based research on production of livestock for strategic promotion and socioeconomic benefits to the farmers. The MSVH&RRC will address to all these issues in a highly professional manner.
The Punjab Government and the Village panchayats of Village Sappanwali and Village Gidranwali have been kind enough to transfer 25 Acre 1 Kanal and 4 Marla land (Sappanwali Plot I: 10 acre 7 kanal 2 marla; Sappanwali Plot II: 14 kanal and 12 marla and Gidranwali Plot III: 12 acre 3 kanal and 11 marla ) in the name of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University for the establishment of these facilities with an estimated budget of Rs. 62.14 Crores. Various facilities generated will be 1) Veterinary dedicated hospital with all optimum facilities; 2) Regional Research Center for updation and training of farmers; 3) a fisheries Unit model with integrated Livestock Farm.
MSVH&RRC will have a dedicated areas for specialized services and a spectrum of cutting edge technologies to be delivered to the farmers through hospital critical care and extension services. Dissipation of technologies generated at University, State and National level Institutes to the farmers at the center. The new infrastructure, will comprise of an administrative block, a specialty hospital, hostel facility for farmers and trainees, a diagnostic laboratory and a demonstration fisheries Unit at Village Sappanwali Plot I. The Integrated Livestock Farming-cum-Climate Smart Model for Dairy, Pig and Goat unit and a fish farm will be the upcoming unit at Plot II of the Gidranwali Village. The MSVH&RRC will be a boon for the farmers of District Fazilka and will have an additive effect on the extension of the University Services and a knowledge Centre.