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I wanna be a vet - 31 Mar 2015

 

 

On the 13th of March 2015, the University of Pretoria Veterinary Faculty hosted one of its’ many student open days in their 107th years of existence. The Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA) was granted the opportunity to share the information distribution stand with Production Animal Studies and Poultry Health section and of course the PDMA jumped on the opportunity.

 

 

 

 

The university hosts student open days annually to showcase the capacity of their institution and profession. Since our democracy the event has never been more importantly than it is today because it is an opportunity to expose a lot of black high school students to the veterinary profession, most of whom would never have had such an opportunity before. The major objective for the day was to inform the students of the basic entry requirements and providing any other relevant information. The Production Animal studies, Poultry Health section together with the PDMA did so by handing out information pamphlets, course guidance booklets and gave the students a tour around the campus. This exposure was also intended to attract and encourage students to consider studying and pursue a career within the veterinary field.

 

 

 

 

But during the course of the open day it was realised that most of the students were not interested or attracted enough to becoming poultry veterinarians. Students were questioned as to the reason for them not being interested or bothered to gather information on how to become a poultry vet. One student mentioned that he was unaware that chickens were treated against diseases and the other mentioned that whenever vets are mentioned, they are only associated with small animals like cats, dogs etc. and large animals like bovine and never with chickens. A question arose as to whether the veterinary faculty and the poultry industry are doing enough in stretching its abilities and all resources to advocate to young people the importance of poultry. Whether enough has been done to share the information with young pupils? Has enough been done to market the veterinary and agriculture professions to attract new entrants? With given challenges of dreadful diseases we were recently faced with and the close down of poultry farmers, there is a need to collectively find new and creative ways of convincing young people to take up the poultry profession and make careers out of it especially with the current skills scarcity in the poultry industry.

 

 

 

 

The upcoming and long anticipated compulsory community service (CCS) presents an opportunity for the poultry industry to participate in the programme and provide mentorship to new graduates for a period of one year, where after, they will be able to take up permanent positions within the industry. DAFF will pay the salaries of the new graduates and all the companies have to do is provide an environment where the person can learn and also work with the local communities to provide them with the much needed veterinary services. The final year students also have an opportunity to take up poultry as an elective and they can therefore be hosted on a farm where they are exposed to the industry prior to starting their compulsory community service year. The companies can also look at hosting school career days on their farms, where school kids are invited to tour the facilities and learn more about the industry. Alternatively, vets can take part in the school career days, by visiting the schools and doing presentations on site.

 

 

 

The day could include practical sessions where demonstrations of vaccination and bleeding are performed. Students could be taught about the various poultry diseases and basic primary health care and focusing on disease prevention and general health improvement and focusing on different ways of monitoring and controlling these diseases. Animal Health pharmaceutical companies could be invited to educate the pupils on vaccines and other medicines. These are some suggestions of what can done to start breaking down the communication barrier with our target market, so that when the time to choose careers, veterinary science and agriculture in general are among the chosen career paths.

In concluding, it is entirely up to us as the poultry professionals together with the veterinary school to create platforms for young pupils to access information and ensure that we are among the handful of preferred careers. This will only be achieved if we could work collectively to create new ways of advocating the poultry veterinary profession.

 By Malesedi Mokgoatlheng-Mamogobo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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