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Eastern Regional Station, ICAR-IVRI, Kolkata, conducted a 7-day short term training on “Diagnostic modalities of emerging infectious disease in food and companion animals with special reference to drug- resistance” from 23rd March to 29th March, 2023. In total, twenty veterinary officers from Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Govt. of Assam, Assam participated in the training.

Drug resistance is considered as one of the major problems being faced by veterinarians and medicos, severely impacting human and animal health as well in the developing parts of the world. Taking this in background, the curriculum of the training was designed to impart knowledge and to sensitize on the recent technologies/methods so as to cater the need of the practicing veterinarians in understanding and tackling the menace of drug resistance in a better manner. In total, 22 lectures covering a wide range of topics were imparted by various resource persons to update the knowledge of veterinary Officials. Apart from the scientists of ERS, Kolkata; resource persons from various divisions of ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar (U.P.), West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata (West Bengal), College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Aizwal (Mizoram), ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Barapani (Meghalaya) delivered lectures in both physical and virtual mode. Practical classes were also organized to give exposure to the participants on routine disease diagnosis, based on clinical, pathological and epidemiological evidence. On successful completion of the training, certificates were distributed. A training manual prepared by the scientists of the Regional Station covering topics delivered by the resource persons were distributed among all the trainees. The training was coordinated by Dr Samiran Bandyopadhyay, Sr Scientist whereas Dr T. K. Biswas, Sr Scientist was Organizing Secretary of the programme. The short term training programme was very useful to the trainees as they mentioned, while giving their feedback.

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