Vetting an animal requires institutional training and practical experience. However, in many places of the country, quacks are filling in the gap of trained veterinarians. They often put livestock health in jeopardy by providing them with excessive antibiotics.
To endow livestock with the deserved vetting, Dr. Salma Sultana, a Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University graduate, dedicated herself to building a community of veterinarians.
Her initiative on two fronts – reducing monetary loss of farmers by ensuring better health of cattle and creating employment by training youths on vetting.
In 2015, she founded Model Livestock Advancement Foundation in Demra near Dhaka. Her foundation won the Joy Bangla Youth Award in 2017. The organization is currently offering certificates and training on animal health and production, and poultry farming, short courses on animal production and health management, dairy farm management, poultry hatchery management, artificial reproduction of livestock, and fish farming.
In addition, they also provide need-based training on cattle fattening and making dairy products and run a veterinary hospital with surgery, vaccination and diagnostic facilities at affordable prices. Their social welfare-based activities include awareness building among farmers and empowerment of women.
In 2018, Model Livestock Advancement Foundation has received innovation fund from ICT division.
The organization looks forward to using the network of Young Bangla to spread digital veterinary methods to encourage youth to join this field as trained professionals.