Ministry urged to improve vet hospital

THE SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye is urging the relevant authorities to improve services at the Kuala Lumpur Veterinary Hospital (HVKL).

He said this in reference to a StarMetro article on April 15, titled “Vexing vet hospital” that the hospital had to be closed on certain days due to lack of staff.

Lee urged the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry to improve the situation.

“The ministry should engage more veterinarians and assistants, as well as stock up medical supplies at the hospital,” he said.

Lee added that the ministry should also ensure that the hospital was well run.

“I have received numerous complaints about the poor service at HVKL and I hope the ministry improves the situation as soon as possible,” he said.

Lee said there were many pet owners in Kuala Lumpur who could not afford to take their pets to private hospitals.

“I am afraid that if this situation prolongs, it will contribute to more stray dogs on the road as pet owners may dump their pets,” said Lee, who pleaded to people not to abandon their pets.

“Although the Animal Welfare Bill has yet to be tabled in Parliament, the hospital and the relevant authorities should be in line with the Government in caring and protecting animals,” he added.

The government-run veterinary hospital in Kuala Lumpur has only 19 staff members, including veterinarians, assistants and administrative staff.

On Feb 23, the hospital was closed because many of its staff were on leave after Chinese New Year break and the veterinarians were in Putrajaya for a meeting.

The hospital had been closed several times before for the same reason.

HVKL director Dr Muhammad Nazri Khairuddin said HVKL would soon undergo an internal reorganisation to overcome the matter.

HVKL is under the Veterinary Services Department (DVS), which comes under the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry.

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