Veterinary hospital in Turkish capital serves thousands of people every year

An animal hospital, a branch of Ankara University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Turkish capital, has a reputation for helping thousands of animals with injuries and illnesses every year.

Opened in 1933 in a historic building, the veterinary hospital stands out among its peers across Turkey with its diverse services and staff.

Spreading over an area of ​​8,000 square meters (80,000 sq ft) in the capital’s Altındağ district, the hospital is a cultural heritage site and a beacon of hope for animals of all species with services 24 hour emergency. He works by appointment only in branches that provide services in surgery, orthopedics, eye diseases, neurology, maternal health, internal medicine, reproductive health, cardiology, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, behavioral sciences and immunization. The hospital also stands out among other facilities with its various surgery options.

Veterinarians operate on a dog at the hospital in the capital Ankara, Turkey, April 27, 2022. (AA PHOTO)

Associate Professor Oytun Okan Şenel, chief medical officer of the hospital, said that their faculty and hospital are the oldest among universities in the capital. He said they recently switched to an online appointment system, similar to an appointment system for human patients run by the Department of Health, to ease the burden on staff. Şenel said that in addition to non-emergency patients, they serve some 10,000 animals in need of emergency care every year.

A sick dog and cat wait to be treated, in the capital Ankara, Turkey, April 27, 2022. (AA PHOTO)
A sick dog and cat wait to be treated, in the capital Ankara, Turkey, April 27, 2022. (AA PHOTO)

“Animals’ health problems are not very different from those of humans and, like humans, they have the right to access quality health care,” he told the Agency on Thursday. Anadolu (AA).

Şenel said they have a staff of around 100 veterinarians working in 13 different branches and they serve in a wide range of surgery and treatment rooms designed exclusively for different species, as well as diagnostic centers and laboratories. .

The hospital has its roots in Ottoman era veterinary medicine, which was concentrated in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The education of veterinary medicine was first officially launched in Istanbul in 1842 with the aim of training military veterinarians at a time when horses were widely used in the army. The first veterinary medicine clinics and classes were part of the military schools before being transferred to their own campus in 1909, under the name “Military Veterinary School”. The school was later given a civil status in the early years of the Republic of Turkey and the school’s veterinary hospital was transferred to Ankara in 1933.

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