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As a little kid growing up in a farming family, Dr Manoj Kumar Shahi knew he wanted to be a veterinarian and dedicate his life to caring for livestock in Nepal. ©FAO/Manoj Shahi

No fear when vets are near

29/04/2022

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When Doctor Manoj Kumar Shahi became a veterinarian 10 years ago, he took an oath: “to use my skills for the benefit of farmers and society.” It wasn't a difficult promise to keep until he was appointed as a veterinary officer in Darchula, a district 950 kilometers north of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Located in a cold Himalayan region at an altitude ranging from 1 200 to 5 000 metres above sea level, the Darchula district is among the country’s highest human settlements.

Even though the district has verdant lands that make it an ideal spot to graze livestock, it remains challenging to reach due to poor road conditions.

“The district’s village can only be reached by walking for two days. There are no vehicles or public transportation. To reach the nearest animal health service is a tough trek away,” he described. “But I was deeply committed to caring for animals, regardless of the distance.”

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