Bhubaneswar: Veterinary surgeons have called for initiation of immediate steps inorder to draw more and more trained personnel into the field by making the profession profitable.

An acute shortage of vets is seen in Odisha which has an adverse impact on the development of livestock and greatly affects the production of dairy and poultry products and meat, though the demands for these is increasing throughout the season.

It may be noted that there are huge vacancies of veterinary surgeons across the State and the situation is particularly severe in the tribal belts.

Odisha Veterinary Association (OVA )General Secretary Muktikanta Bhuyan stated that in over 25 states, the entry level posts for veterinary professionals are graded in Junior Class I. But Still Odisha has not raised its position.

Secretary, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development, Satyabrata Sahoo agreed and stated that the Government is taking steps to discuss the problems.