Following a field trip to five villages in Myingyan District, students of veterinary medicine from 12 countries volunteered their services at the University of Veterinary Science in Yezin, Pyinmana, yesterday.
“Myanmar and Thailand jointly conducted this three-week programme, two weeks in Thailand and one week in Myanmar.
During the visit to villages, apart from vaccinating cattle and dogs, we raised awareness against animal-to-human infectious diseases and planted 100 trees in each village,” said Dr Ye Thu Aung, the pro-rector of the University of Veterinary Science.
“In this programme, we found the differences of livestock farming system between our country and theirs.
In Thailand, they practice two systems, one is for meat and another one for milk.
They focus more on livestock farming than agriculture. The rate of giving vaccinations against rabies in other countries is higher than our country,” said Win Myat Shwe Yi Tun, a fourth-year student of the University of Veterinary Science.
“Like in Myanmar, most farmers in Laos live in rural areas and they herd cattle in grazing lands and give them supplementary food at the farm.
Our livestock breeding industry mainly focuses on producing meat rather than milk,” said Ms Oneouma Phondamadeth, the student from the National University of Laos.
The programme is aimed at exchanging veterinary techniques and culture among the countries.
“In our study tour in Thailand, we found that they establish veterinary hospitals for cattle at the areas where the population of cattle is high and carry out teaching and research there,” said Prof Dr Win Ohmar Kyaw from the University of Veterinary Science.
The team comprised of 75 veterinary students from all the ASEAN nations except Singapore and Brunei, and from the United States, Canada, and Japan.
The programme is part of the ASEAN Veterinary Volunteer Project 2017.
Zin Oo, Wai Thu New