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Clinical training at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and

Animal Sciences University: what I learned

and experienced
By- M. Murshidul Ahasan, Ex-student, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

Short Biography of M. Murshidul Ahsan

M. Murshidul Ahsan was born at Shalikha upazilla of Magura, a south-
western district of Bangladesh. In February 2011, he received Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the Chittagong Veterinary and
Animal Sciences University, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

In 2002, he passed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from Dawood Public School
located in the Jessore Cantonment under Jessore Educational Board, Bangladesh. In
2004, he passed Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) from Jessore Cantonment
College under the same educational board.

During his Internship period, Mr. Ahsan also completed a Clinical Training from the
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), India. He
periodically writes to national and international journals and newspapers. He is a
registered Veterinarian of Bangladesh Veterinary Council and a member of BDvetNET.
Now, he is taking preparation for higher studies in the field of Microbiology.

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) is the first
complete veterinary university in Asia, founded in 1989 in Madhavaram Milk Colony,
Chennai, India. Its major constituents are- Madras Veterinary College (MVC), Chenni;
Veterinary College and Research Institute (VC&RI), Namakkal; Institute of Food and
Dairy Technology (IF&DT), Koduvalli; Fisheries College and Research Institute
(FC&RI), Thoothukkudi: 3 (three) modern Veterinary Hospitals and 5 (five) Livestock
Research Stations. Among them MVC is the oldest and leading part of TANUVAS, which
was established in 1876 as the 3rd Veterinary Institution of Indian Sub-continent.

At Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Clinical Training

(CT) in TANUVAS and sometimes with other Indian Veterinary Institutions for 1-2
months during last year Internship Program of 5 (five) years DVM degree is the
tradition from the 1st batch. I’m lucky for successful completion of my CT in India
because a lot of obstacles worked for stopping the training even after starting the
journey. We got 15-day training at MVC, Chenni and 15-day training at VC&RI,
Namakkal. In MVCH, hospital hours is 8:00 am to 11:30 am (7 days a week) for ‘Out
Patients Unit’ (OP Unit) and after hospital hours Casualty (Emergency Unit) starts and
continues up to 9:00 pm with duty doctors, and after 9:00 pm to 8:00 am, a residential
veterinarian stays at casualty for more emergency cases and for immediate response if
any difficulties seen in admitted patients at ‘In Patient Unit’ (IP Unit). We got 60-70
cases during hospital hours in most of the out OP units. There are 20 different units at
MVCH. At the very beginning, we were in fear that how it will be possible to learn
something in a single day or single session from a unit. After staring our duty, we felt
that a single day may not be enough to learn but not least for its world class and friendly
teaching environment. We also got there some Internship students of University Putra
Malaysia as our companion during duty time. By dealing a lot of cases, we came to a
common decision that patient is the best teacher of a doctor. Ambulatory service for
emergency patients (both large and pet animal), follow-up services after surgical
operations and for critical cases and 24-hour treatment services were some great lessons
for us, which are not seen in any veterinary institutions or hospital of Bangladesh. By
talking with some owners, I conformed that why they rush up to the hospital and
conscious about treatment and preventive measures as well; for getting multiple services
from veterinarian and veterinary institutions, this situation created and they know how
to honor the veterinarians. In each World Veterinary Day, MVC offers free vaccination
day to make the owners conscious and to observe the day more significantly not like us
by a rally or discussion where most of us like to be absent or even ignore the day. About
80-thousand cases (including more than 6-thousand major and minor surgical
operations) are dealt each year in three different veterinary hospitals of TANUVAS
(MVC, Chenni; VC& RI, Namakkal and Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital,
Madhvaram Milk Colony, Chenni). MVC is always trying to add latest technology in
treating animal. We saw that TANUVAS established a blood bank namely ‘TANUVAS
Animal Blood Bank’ and research with ‘Stem Cell Therapy’. The most bewitching matter
of MVC is the well combination of Clinics with Centralized Clinical Lab. (CCL)
departments and units. CCL is really well equipped diagnostic laboratory with modern
sophisticated machines. Before final diagnosis necessary samples (blood, urine, tissues
etc.) are sent to the lab. For physiological, biochemical, microbiological and pathological
investigations, samples or animal itself is sent for ultrasonography, X-ray and so on.
Teachers and Lab. Technicians work together up to 9:00 pm in rotation wise to cover all
samples of whole day. Like our country, during treatment, no attendant is allowed for
injecting any single injection or dressing wounds and operational site although he/she is
expert. They only assist in animal controlling. All are done by the teachers, doctors and
students. Diclofenac is the popular NSAID drug in Bangladesh, whereas, in India, the
drug is banned for animal use due to its residual effect on Vulture’s ovary. We found
that Melloxicam is the most effective and commonly used NSAID. Unfortunately, still
now there is no preparation of Melloxicam available in Bangladesh. There are no
lecturer position at MVC and VC&RI. They think that only good academic results in
Under-graduation (UG) and Post-graduation (PG) could not be the only criteria for
being a teacher. After completing UG and PG, he/she will have to go for the professional
field experiences. Based on both field experiences (at least 5 years) and academic
performances, s/he may join as an Assistant Professor. As a result, we found that all
teachers were expert doctors and good researchers as well, and accordingly their
lectures in the class room were more live and effective.
Namakkal is the 2nd (some time 1st) largest poultry belt area in India. In Namakkal,
VC&RI was established in 1985 as a beneficiary part of poultry farmers. Within 26 years,
in some cases VC&RI exceeded MVC; for example, its Avian Disease Laboratory (ADL)
is the best laboratory in India for poultry disease diagnosis and it became the main
center of hopes and expectations of poultry farmers in Namakkal area, also, the large
animal surgery unit is the best in India. We were astonished when we visited the fields
of Agronomy department of VC&RI. The head of the department was a veterinarian, and
all fodder hybrids are developed by veterinarians (not by agricultural scientist). The
teacher at VC&RI expressed him more astonishingly to us that our accompanied teacher
of CVASU is an Animal Nutritionist rather than veterinarian, how is it possible! When
we visited Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), a local station at VC&RI campus, then we also
understood the leadership of Indian veterinarians and found that veterinarians are not
only looking after the livestock part, but also they are directing the institution. In
VC&RI, we noticed that most of the departments providing economic benefit to the
institution. Dairy Science department produce and sell dairy products. Poultry Science
department developed Namkkal Quell strain and pure lines of Broiler and Layer and
preserve strains and lines, and also sell them. In contrast, we, in Bangladesh, only
depend on the imported strains and lines of poultry. Department of Meat Technology
and Quality Control have all arrangements that have in modern meat industry and
produce and sell some pet foods. In India, we learned about story Amul and its
contribution in ‘White Revolution’ at India. Now, India is the highest Buffalo milk
producing country in the world, whereas, what we are doing! During the last 2 days at
VC&RI, we met some students of Michigan University, USA. They came to know about
the diseases of tropical region practically, because they got idea about these diseases
only in Text Books like FMD, PPR and so on.

In conclusion, the journey was the first in my life to visit a foreign country, where I
enjoyed different foods, cultures, language, the honesty, simplicity and hardworking
tendency of Tamil people, which might be some good lessons for us. Still now Indian
veterinarians are not included in Indian Civil Services, whereas, we are. In this sense, we
are in good honor in civil society, but really is it true! Indian veterinarians may not be
included in Civil Services but by their services to the nation, loving their profession, they
earned extra honor in the society. So, it’s the time to think about our profession and our
services in every sector of veterinary profession in Bangladesh.