Significant Achievements

The recent years have witnessed a major development and upgradation process in the Corps on various fronts. The foremost is the capability development of all RV units, major and minor with advanced technology, instrumentation. New advanced equipments have been provisioned in the Corps through DGAFMS and ACSFP for developing ‘in situ’ lab facility, disease diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of animals for their better healthcare, radical treatment and early fitness and availability for operations. This has been concurrently been accompanied with training of officers and ORs on handling and operation of equipments and interpretation from various centres of excellence in the country. The process is ongoing and proving highly beneficial for animal health management and their efficiency.

The entry level education qualification of a soldier until now was matriculation posing limitation in their technical training. With effect from this year, the same has been enhanced to 10+2 with science stream for ‘Veterinary Dressers’ and ‘Lab Assistant’ trade to begin with. The same will be applied to ADTs and other categories in phased manner.

The animal productivity in Equine Breeding Studs of the Corps has magnificently enhanced with a 30 percent increase over past three years, with highest achievements during the current year. It is incredible achievement, which will ensure availability of high number of animals in the years to follow. The breeding and training in Zanskar Pony Breeding and Training Centre in Ladakh has also been augmented with issue of first batch of animals for active deployment. A high quality progeny from imported breeding stock has been obtained to meet our futuristic requirements. The new breeding policy has been introduced to meet growing demand of specialized animals.

The health care and better management practices at Remount Training School & Depots have resulted in sickness reduction and high growth standards of animals. The EM or Effective Microorganism technology introduced at these animal holding establishments have completely reduced flies nuisance which are the main vectors of infection. Concurrently the agriculture farm productivity has been increased, with modernized farming operations making available highly nutritious organic fodder for Army animals. The vermin culture compost technology has been amply utilized. The barren saline lands have been converted to fertile productive lands.

The Central Military Veterinary Laboratory (CMVL) of RVC has emerged as a distinguished centre of excellence in lab diagnosis and applied research in the country being the first and only NABL accredited laboratory as per international standard IS/ISO: 17025 (2005). It is a national referral lab for various diseases. The laboratory has developed and pioneered bio-technological disease diagnosis tests for most of canine, equine and cattle diseases. The NABL accreditation has been revalidated every year since successfully. The lab also has been recognized as Trainers Training Institute by Veterinary Council of India, as referral lab for diagnosis of Glanders in human beings by Ministry of Health, Govt of India. The unit has developed laboratory kit ‘Leptocol’ which is the first of its kind for collection of clinical specimens for highly zoonotic disease and fragile Leptospira organism and is being patented. Now the unit is set for OIE accreditation with World Animal Health Organization (OIE) for international collaboration in Rabies and Leptospirosis diagnosis. Towards this, we have visited Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), Addlestone, Surrey, UK and OIE Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK to coordinate the process.

The training syllabus of Army horses and mules have been upgraded to meet international standards and incorporated in the new training policy which has been implemented. This has resulted in higher user satisfaction at all levels.

The Corps has been able to meet the additional requirements of Army animals resulting from raising of new units and increased authorization to old units, from within the available resources, by enhancing our breeding and training capacity. The efforts are in hand for expansion of our breeding and training infrastructure to accommodate futuristic demands of AT envisaged in 12th Five year Plan. We are also initiating trials on Bhutti ponies and Yaks for their utilization on Animal transport purposes in Army.

We have undertaken scientific trials on acclimatization of Army equines in HAA and have reduced the acclimatization period by 07 days for early availability of animals on induction for operations as well as for Annual Winter Stocking.

The new scientific ration scales have been developed for Army equines of all classes to meet their nutritional requirements adequately and have been successfully put to trials at various locations in peace and field. The Standard Ration Scales for various categories of animals will be officially amended accordingly.

As for canines, we have successfully upgraded the requisite number of Half Army Dog Units to Full Army Dog Units, to meet operational requirements. The innovative training aids including incorporation of assault component has improved the performance of Army dogs. The impeccable sanitization duties accomplished by Army Dogs Teams have ensured incidence free CI/CT environment during the year.

RVC has also endeavoured environment awakening on zoonoses and vet public health issues especially Rabies, Tuberculosis, Bird Flu and other meat-borne diseases. RVC has also undertaken Rabies control programme through sterilization of stray dogs and their immunization.

Zanskar Pony Breeding and Training Centre in Ladakh Sector established by RVC endorsed in Limca Book of Records – 2011 (Page 270) as World’s Highest

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