CAREER IN VETERINARY SCIENCE
Veterinary Science deals with the study of animal health care, breeding, feeding and manage-ment practices. The job of a veterinarian is challenging keeping in view the wide range of animals. Contrary to earlier belief, veterinary profession is no longer the male bastion.
Future of Veterinary Profession:
1. India has the largest livestock population of more than 500 million heads, which contribute
15% of the world population. The demand of veterinarian to take care of this huge livestock is on the rise.
For taking admission in the B.V.Sc & A.H. (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) course, the minimum requisite qualification is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (PCB). For national level test minimum percentage required is 50% for general category and 40% for SC/ST. The minimum age required is 17 years. Candidates are selected for this five years B.V.Sc & A.H. course on the basis of entrance test held by State Agriculture University at State level and by VCI (Veterinary Council of India) at National level. 15% seats in every college are filled through national level test and rest by the State level test.
Where to study:
Presently there are 38 veterinary colleges in the country which are imparting the B.V.Sc & A.H degree. There are 40 State Agricultural Universities in the country of which seven are specialized universities dealing exclusively with Veterinary Science and Animal Science including fishery education. The 15 constituents colleges are attached to these veterinary universities. Out of the remaining 33 States Agriculture Universities, 18 universities have 19 constituent colleges. Apart from these there is one constituent college of Central Agricultural University, Imphal and one affiliated to general university of Pondicherry in the country. In addition Rajasthan Agriculture University, Bikaner has accorded affiliation to two veterinary colleges under private sector
Job opportunities are not a constraint, one can go for post graduation (M.V.Sc), the minimum qualification for the post of Assistant Professor. For getting admission to
M.V.Sc, there is a State and a National level test as for B.V.Sc & A.H. Apart from the above 38 colleges in India.