Veterinary science is a medical profession that deals with the control of diseases in animals. It also includes the breeding and scientific handling of livestock. Veterinarians can choose to work in urban areas, where the work would mostly include the care and handling of domestic pets, or with the government’s animal husbandry departments.
The demand for veterinary doctors has increased tremendously. More and more people are keeping pets, both for companionship and for protection, than ever before. There is also a major growth in the demand for animal products. Many more women, too, are entering this profession today. Earlier it was assumed that women would be unable to cope with the heavy work demanded of a veterinary doctor, especially in handling large animals, but in recent years there has been a perceptible increase in the number of women entering veterinary colleges. However, most women opt for private practice in urban areas, and farmers are still wary of consulting a woman vet.
For centuries, the world’s oceans have provided us a means of travel, trade, exploration and defence, as well as a source of nutrition and wealth. As our knowledge of these vast water bodies grows, so does our grasp of their potential to fulfil a variety of our needs. We are now becoming increasingly aware of the vital role played by the oceans in the fulfillment of our economic, social and recreational requirements.
Oceanography is the science of the oceans-a science that is today of great significance to developing countries. The contiguous Indian coastline stretching along approximately 6,500 kms, demarcate a large, exclusive economic zone, which offers great scope for exploitation.
A career in oceanography is bound to provide both challenge and opportunity to those with an intrinsic curiosity about the world around them, a true sense of excitement in the discovery of the truth, and a desire to venture into the vast realm of the unknown, which exists within our oceans.