Although it has proved impossible for me to compare access to veterinarians between Pakistan and for example the UK, based on what Ahsan has hinted at, it appears that there is a need in Pakistan for more veterinarians and a need for veterinarians to focus more on companion domestic animals as well as farm livestock.
M. AFZAL of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2009 recommended a new legal framework for veterinary services in the country. He also states that vaccination manufacture is poor. The Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council does not have a website.
Because there appears to be a real demand for vets and improved cat (and companion animal) health care it may be wise to create a new sort of qualification, the “Veterinarian Assistant”. The veterinarian assistant would be trained to the same standard as a veterinarian.
The difference would be that he or she would be trained to do less treatments and diagnostic work. He would be trained to do vaccinations for instance and diagnosis and treatment of the most common feline illnesses such infections by feline herpes virus and calicivirus, FIP, FIV and FeLV together with treatments for fleas and worms. These are the most common and the diagnosis and treatments for these ailments are well established.
Because the training would be limited, it would be shorter and therefore cheaper. This would encourage more students which in turn would result in more “limited services veterinary clinics” especially in areas where there are currently very few. The services should be cheaper too as the overheads in running a reduced down service would be lower.
The reason why I am suggesting this new job specification is because where there is a need for improved cat care at a basic level there is less of a need for a fully qualified vet and more of a need for someone who is accessible who can provide basic cat health care.
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