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Nithin Nandan- the vet with a difference

When Dr Nithin Nandan bid adieu to the staff at Thiruvananthapuram Pettah Veterinary hospital on Nov 25 after completing his two year contract job here, they said good bye to him with a rather heavy heart. This was because he is a vet with a difference – one with true compassion for animals, love for human beings and sincerity towards his job.

During his two-year tenure in the government hospital, he did about 2000 sterilisation of street dogs under the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation’s R-ABC (Rabies and Animal Birth control) programme. From animals that developed stomach ailments by swallowing small-sized tender coconuts to those with life-threatening tumours, he revived their condition back to life. Moreover, he fostered and found new homes for more than 25 pet dogs that were found abandoned on high ways roads and alleys.

What has made all this possible for him? “It’s been my love for animals from my childhood years,” he smiles.

About one and a half years ago, when street dog population and related issues were blown out of proportion in Kerala, he took up the cudgels for finding a humane and legal solution for the problem. Through his job he proved that dog culling is not the solution but sterilization is the only solution. He used to do about ten birth control surgeries to achieve the target during that time.

Nithin is one of the vets who believe that street dogs are necessary for streets. “Had the street dogs been not here, our city would have turned into mounds of garbage. They eat up a good portion of City’s food leftovers. Hence spay, vaccinate and protect them. When conceiving ABC programme and implementing it, spending Rs 3 crore, the government and think tanks must have considered this fact,” he explains.

However Nithin feels that to get the desired result of the ABC programme, mass ward-based intense sterilization will have to be done. By roping in more vets, para-vets, helpers and dog catchers all dogs in a ward should be spayed together, before shifting the focus on to the next ward.

A native of Sreevaraham in Thiruvananthapuram, Nithin believes that getting to treat animals is God’s blessing. “World’s best doctors are veterinarian, because their patients don’t speak out their illness. They have to observe, think from their patients’ side and decide the treatment,” the doctor recollects an old quote.

Dr Nithin did his Bachelor of Veterinary Science in Mannuthy veterinary college and specialization in veterinary surgery / radiology from Andhra Pradesh. Since November 27, he has been a veterinary surgeon with Maikkavu Government veterinary hospital in Kozhikode.

Even on the very day he came to collect his relieving letter from Pettah hospital, nothing did stop him from heeding the call of duty. Only after doing a couple of emergency surgeries did he take the letter and say bye.

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