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CONTRASTING VIEWS OF ANIMAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ON WORM CONTROL PRACTICES FOR SHEEP AND GOATS IN AN ARID ENVIRONMENT

HA Saddiqi, A Jabbar, W Babar, M Sarwar, Z Iqbal, J Cabaret

Parasite | EDP SCIENCES S A | Published : 2012

Abstract

A questionnaire survey was conducted to determine the worm control practices and anthelmintic usage of 150 key respondents involved in sheep and goat production in the arid Thal area of Pakistan. The information was collected by visiting farms, and interviewing the key respondents which included veterinary officers (n = 15), veterinary assistants (n = 51), traditional practitioners (n = 24), and small and large scale sheep/goat farm herders and owners (n = 60). Among all interviewed animal healthcare providers, the veterinary officers had the highest level of awareness of parasitic infection and advocated the use of modern available anthelmintics according to the predefined schedule. The far..

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The authors appreciate the generous grant from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and cooperation of administrative staff of Livestock Experiment Station, Rakh Khairey Wala during our survey. Results were discussed and further analysed during a stay of Abdul Jaddar at INRA Nouzilly (France), funded by the University of Faisalabad. Interactions with Christian Nicourt, INRA Ivry (France) during the elaboration of the French ANR PAN Project has seeded several points in the discussion, mostly on the controversies on animal health between the expert and non-expert.