Vet Students Around the World – Meet Yuvraj Panth from Nepal
We think veterinary students are awesome! Together with the International Veterinary Students' Association, we are telling the stories of vet students around the world. This time, meet Yuvraj Panth.
To start, please tell us about yourself!
I’m Yuvraj, 24 years old and a 5th year veterinarian student at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) in Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal. I am currently doing an internship, in the Animal Health Research Divison of the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC). In addition, I have been attending some veterinary cases at the Central Veterinary Hospital, Tripureshwor (Kathmandu, Nepal). I am also involved in several clubs, serving for instance as President of the International Veterinary Student’s Association (IVSA) in Nepal and as Vice-President of the Rotaract Club of Narayangarh, Nepal. One of my hobbies is travelling and connecting to people all over the world.
Do you have any pets and what’s your favorite animal?
Right now I don’t have any pets, because I live in a students’ dormitory. But after my graduation I plan to get a dog. They are easy to handle, quite loving, have a loyal character, a great instinct for sniffing and they are great company. I just love dogs!
Why did you decide to study veterinary medicine?
Agriculture is an important sector in Nepal and there is a need for veterinary medicine to keep up with the growing demands, so it’s a great place to start my career. Livestock accounts for 32 percent of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product (AGDP) and for 11.5 percent of the country’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Furthermore, after my secondary school I wanted to do something more than common studies, so I decided to develop my career in the veterinary science environment, working with all those loving innocent creatures.
What it is like to study veterinary medicine in Nepal?
Studying veterinary medicine in Nepal is almost the same as in every country, I suppose. I would have expected much more exposure to practical work – but it is quite technical.
I joined IVSA in 2013 as a charter member of the Nepal Chapter, was promoted to Exchange Officer in 2014/15, and then headed the organization as President for two years. We are really proud of our national Member Organization now and have been able to bring together students from all four veterinary schools in Nepal within our association.
The wildlife in Nepal offers quite a diverse range of species and in my courses I did not hear a lot about wildlife medicine. That’s why we need to take some training before we go into practice. Studying all the species is definitely a challenge, but I really love it!
What advice would you give people who are thinking about a career in veterinary medicine?
Study with passion and treat all animals with respect. To me, animals have the same right to live on our planet as humans do.
A veterinary scientist is like being a doctor for many species. That makes our profession so special and we should be really proud of it. People who consider becoming a vet doctor should keep that in mind.
Any plans for the future?
I have a keen interest in Veterinary Public Health, working with the pathogens that affect human life. Organisms animals that can transfer to humans, e.g. via meat or milk, are my topics of interest.
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