OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH HAZARDS AMONG LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS OF KARNATAKA- AN EXPLORATORY STUDY

Hosure Shreyansh, S. Pradeepkumar, G.N. Pavitra

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A veterinarian is a practitioner of modern era, uses his skills and knowledge for the prevention and treatment of diseases, for wellbeing of animals. The present study aimed to identify the occupational health hazards among large animal veterinary practitioners of Karnataka, to explore the preventive measures taken by the large animal veterinary practitioners and to identify the constraints faced by them. An exploratory research design was adopted for the study. Total of thirty large animal veterinary practitioners from Karnataka were selected and interviewed. The result from the study revealed that majority of physical hazards (53.33%) and self-reported diseases (36.66%) encountered by large animal veterinary practitioners were found to be high, whereas the chemical hazard exposed was found to be medium (40.00%) and biological hazards (46.66%) and radiation hazards (80.00%) were found to be low. The preventive measures taken by large animal veterinary practitioners was found to be medium (46.66%) and equal number of large animal veterinary practitioners facing the constraints were found in both high and medium category (40.00%). In spite of having optimal awareness on various occupational hazards, preventive measures taken are improperly practiced. It may be concluded that veterinarians are exposed to variety of hazardous situations during their practice, hence there is need to educate veterinarians during their early years of career.

 

Keywords: Karnataka, Occupational hazards, Shreyansh , Veterinarians.


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