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Visakhapatnam: IGZP and AP Forest Dept jointly conducts two-day training program for Veterinary Doctors and Forest officials

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam and Andhra Pradesh Forest Department jointly organizing a two-day training program for Veterinary Assistant Surgeons and Forest Department officers of Andhra Pradesh. Sh. Srikantha Natha Reddy, IFS, CCF, Visakhapatnam started the program by lighting the lamp. Later, the chief guests unveiled the poster for the two-day training classes.

He explained about the safety measures to be taken when animals like tigers, bears, deer, bisons, elephants and cheetahs come into the human habitat and how should we behave without causing any trouble to the people and animals.

He also thanked the Additional Director of SMILE (State Management Institute of Livestock Entrepreneurship), Animal Husbandry Department Dr. Y. Simhachalam for providing an excellent venue for this program.  Later Dr. Navin Kumar,  Senior Veterinary Doctor and retired Deputy Director, Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad explained how to capture and tranquilize the wild animals that have come into human habitations.

The veterinary doctors and forest officials were briefed about the different types of cages used to capture different types of wild animals and the drugs administered to them. After that, Shri. Manoharan, Additional Director of Veterinary Services and Forest Veterinary Officer (Retd.) explained about the main reasons for the entry of wild animals into human habitations and their preventive measures.

Due to different types of agricultural practices adopted by humans and activities like mining in the forest fringe villages, climate change, deforestation, wild animals are losing their habitats, he added. He said that if there is no biological diversity in the environment, people will have to face many kinds of problems.

On the second day of the training programme, professor  Dr. Venkata  Seshaiah explained about various zoonotic diseases spread by animals. He also explained how these zoonotic diseases are spread and how to prevent them. Afterwards, Dr. Himaja, VAS, RADDL (Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory), Visakhapatnam explained how samples should be collected and transported to the lab for the diagnosis of diseases spread in animals.

Also explained about the method of examining the dead animals and the methods of carcus disposal. Afterwards Dr.Sarath, Veterinary Officer, Nandanakanan Zoo, Odisha  informed through webinar about the care of pangolin and the measures to be taken in their veterinary care.

After that, participants were explained about the different types of cages (trap cage) used in the Indira Gandhi Zoological park Hospital and tranquilization methods in practical. They also learned about which part of the aniamal should be tranquilized. Zoo Veterinary Doctor Sh. Srinivas, ACF Smt. Mangamma, Forest Range Officers Sh. Gopi, Sh. Gopala Naidu, Forest Section Officers Sh. Rajesh, Smt. Bharti, zoo education team and others participated in this program.

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