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             Note by the Director of Agriculture on the progress
                    in the work of the Veterinary Department.

The work of the Veterinary Department falls under
three main heads :—

(1)  The Punjab Veterinary College, including teach-
ing, research and hospital work.

(2)  The District work of the Civil Veterinary Depart-
ment, including cattle-breeding and control
of diseases of stock.

(3) The Government Cattle Farm, Hissar.

                      (1) The Punjab Veterinary College.

There has been a marked increase in the number
of applications for admission to the College, due mainly,
I think, to the fact that the pay offered to men who take
the diploma of L. V. P. is fair, and that there are prospects
of considerable expansions in the Veterinary Department.

The number of students admitted to the course was
49 against 37 in the previous year. At present it is
not considered advisable to take a larger number of
students into this course, as although no guarantee of
employment is given to diploma-holders there is still
a large number of the old Urdu course men unemployed,
and there are yet little prospects of: men making a living from
private Veterinary practice. To go through the four years'
course for the diploma successfully an entrant must have
the ability of a man who has taken a good place in the
University Matriculation Examination. Evidence of this
is seen in the fact that no less than 14 students of the
first year class left the College, either before, or after
the first annual examination, and it is pleasing to note
in this connection that 6 of the 49 students who were
admitted to the College in the year under report were
F. Scs. (medical group) and that one was a B. Sc. As a
rule the heaviest loss that a farmer sustains, is from
disease among his cattle, and I feel that it is of
paramount importance to the province that the pay and
prospects offered to diploma-holders should be such as to
attract men of good ability to the profession to assist in
combating cattle diseases.


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