These four legged creatures also need treatment and mind you the tamed animals of the populace also love the emotion filled hands of the Indian army personnel and civil vet doctors!
An extract that would make you love animals and get you into reading this pieece-
‘Born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows. Born free to follow your heart, live free and beauty surrounds you. The world still astounds you, each time you look at a star. Stay free, where no walls divide you, you’re free as the roaring tide, so there’s no need to hide…..!
(Songwriters: John Barry / Don Black for the movie Born Free)
-If it is a joint treatment camp with civil doctors joining in treating the tamed animals especially bovines and canines it’s quite a great scene. In any case the camps held depict a unique bond between the animals and the humans. That is the reason as to why the veterinary doctors are the best humans. It would not be wrong to say that they are ultimate. Do not laugh at me because I have all the reasons for saying so!
– Personally, I have always felt that the best doctor in the world is the Veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what is the matter he’s just got to know. And they also admit, sometimes in our job you feel you just can’t win. If you take too long you’re no good, if you’re too quick the visit wasn’t necessary! I think the vet doctors would believe this because they are dealing with someone who does not have the ability to respond. Even if it has it would be a bit aggressive in nature that does tend to turn one off but the vet knows that there is a problem, could be serious or miniscule but the same has to be cured. That is what their profession says.
– The English word veterinarian as defining one who provides medical care to animals and was first applied to those who cared for any animal that works with a yoke – cattle or horses in ancient Rome . The association of the term veterinary medicine with Rome has encouraged a tendency to begin any discussion of the history of the practice either with the Roman physician Galen, the earlier Greek Father of Medicine Hippocrates or the writer Vegetius when, in fact, the practice was already well-established by the time they lived. It is as impossible to say when or where veterinary medicine began as it is to definitively claim where or when animal husbandry was first established and dogs first domesticated. Most likely, some form of veterinary medicine followed quickly upon the earliest domestication of animals which, at the latest, is usually dated to 12,000-10,000 BCE though most accounts especially concerning the dog – date this event much earlier.
Incidentally for some, being a vet was a means to make a living. But for the men in Indian army and the men who do the vet courses it is meant for helping animals as if it was a photo of their soul, the coat of their will! Trust me it is no exaggeration! That was what the Poonch Brigade was trying to spread as they organized a grandiose livestock treatment camp for the populace who depended upon the cattle for their livelihood. It was not less important than a medical camp because the animals too have to be treated and more importantly so because they too are living beings. They cannot talk but certainly they are expressive and have their own way of telling a tale. They will stop eating for example or behave in a slouchy manner or do actions that can irritate anyone. It’s the vet who understands that and then launches himself or herself for the treatment. In the camp that was organized this was precisely what was done!
Well some may consider that this was just a piece of news and did not deserve the requisite treatment. But I still thought that there was a wholesome message in the same as all stories do have. I agree that there was nothing sensational in this but still there was as joint teams of Indian Army, Poonch Brigade and civil veterinary doctors conducted treatment drives for livestock in Poonch. It was an effort in cohesion and both the institutions worked in unison. It was a job to be done for the animal kingdom and it was with all the skills and the expertise. The message was clear, ‘we care for humans but animals too are best friends because they do not harm or hurt (though accidentally they may be in anger as we tend to irritate them). The mega camp was conducted over two days and the best part was that a door to door treatment of livestock in villages of Degwar and Bagialdhar was organized. In formal terms, a home visit to check out the animals to make sure that they were healthy and bouncing about! Of course the medicines were there in the satchels and boxes so that the people could treat them in case they see the signs and symptoms of sickness in their animals. Preferably I would say the prescription!
Who does that so painstakingly? It has to be the special officers (ladies in olive greens included), and men from the Remount Veterinary Corps Indian Army. I will not forget to mention the civil vets who were equally dedicated as they showed great glimpses of their skills as they talked and came to know exactly what the problems were as far as the animals went. Obviously they were the best to understand the local lingo, script and dialect!
The clearest way into the Universe is through the wilderness of the animal kingdom. Ask a vet doctor and he would give you a sermon on it and more often than not they will give you a great saying by the Father of the Nation, the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Yes all of us treat them nicely but it’s a pity that we forgo them when they aren’t of any use. We should not!
Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem. But some do and the people of District Poonch acknowledge that because their livestock is well taken care of by men in greens and they can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals. The men from RVC and civil vet doctors and support staff do that with all the dedication they can gather! They did so again in Dagwar and Bagialdhar. This was not the first by the Poonch Brigade and neither would it be the last!