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125-yr-old veterinary college gets new renal dialysis unit

On Tuesday, Rocky, a six-year-old German Shephard, was the first animal to benefit from the renal dialysis unit for small animals at the Mumbai Veterinary College at Parel.

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2010 01:29 IST
Yashshri Soman

On Tuesday, Rocky, a six-year-old German Shephard, was the first animal to benefit from the renal dialysis unit for small animals at the Mumbai Veterinary College at Parel.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Dairy Development and Fisheries, Nitin Raut, inaugurated the dialysis machine on Tuesday at a function to kick off the college’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

The dialysis unit for animals such as cats, dogs and goats is a first of its kind in the city and will cater to five to seven cases per week, said Dr T.R. Nikam, a professor at the college.

Rocky, who was brought in to the hospital on Tuesday, is suffering from kidney failure. “The machine will ease his pain and prolong his life a little,” said a doctor at the hospital.

The college now also has a 15-room girls’ hostel that can accommodate 60 students.

Two more floors are likely to be added in the coming years.

“The college should include courses such as farm management, financial management. The government will support students who want to excel in animal husbandry and live stock farming,” said Raut.

The college, which is affiliated to the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University in Nagpur, is the oldest veterinary college in India.

It offers under graduate, post graduate and doctoral courses in veterinary sciences and animal husbandry.