National Veterinary Hospital Opens in Thimphu

The three-storey hospital, located near the Ozone Park, is expected to meet the increasing demand for modern animal care and treatment requirements for pets and domestic animals.

Her Majesty, The Gyaltsuen inaugurated the National Veterinary Hospital. Image Courtesy of Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals, Bhutan. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/368074466553525)

 

Her Majesty, The Gyaltsuen yesterday inaugurated the National Veterinary Hospital in Motithang that would provide health services from diagnostic to therapeutic services for animals.

The three-storey hospital, located near the Ozone Park, is expected to meet the increasing demand for modern animal care and treatment requirements for pets and domestic animals.

New National Veterinary Hospital to cope with the demand for modern animal care

Agriculture Minister, Yeshey Dorji, said that the old national animal hospital at Chubachu and its amenities were unable to cope with the demand for modern animal care and treatment requirements for animals within Thimphu thromde and referral cases from other dzongkhags.

He said that the hospital at Chubachu catered to 5,649 new and 12,361 follow up cases in 2017. “From 2014 – 2017, registered pets have increased almost by a third.”

The minister said that there are about 6,000 registered pet dogs and cats in Thimphu thromde alone.

Effective control of diseases in animals contribute towards Gross National Happiness

He said that as 60 percent of human diseases originate from animals, effective control of diseases in animals would directly protect human health and contribute towards Gross National Happiness.

“Therefore, services to animals will indeed be of service to mankind.”

The Agriculture secretary, Rinzin Dorji, said that with the new infrastructure in place, the ministry would put in place necessary human resources, diagnostic equipment and treatment facilities to ensure the provision of world-class animal care services.

“On this auspicious occasion, we re-dedicate and pledge to provide the best of care and treatment to our animals in Bhutan.”

The inauguration commemorated the golden jubilee of formal diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India, as the government of India funded Nu 57 million for the hospital’s construction.

The prime minister, senior government officials, and the Indian ambassador to Bhutan attended the inaugural ceremony.

Facilities at the New National Veterinary Hospital

The hospital’s ground level would contain wards, cabins for animals, and a doctor’s quarter, while the second level would have facilities such as consultation, operation and vaccination rooms and a laboratory. The third floor would have offices and a conference hall.

 

By Karma Cheki (This article has been edited for the New Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.

 


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