Indeed, age is just a number and has no limitations. 14-year-old Oscar Abutiate works as the only person providing veterinary services in about 15 communities in the Volta Region.
Oscar, who operates as the only “veterinary doctor” at Worawora and its environs says he learnt the skill from his father who is now old and retired from the job.
The boy, who wants to become a professional doctor in future, currently deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in all sort of domestic animals.
Even though he loves the occupation, Oscar disclosed that he only makes little money from the venture because some customers take him for granted due to his age.
“What pains me is that I work for some people and they tell me to come another day. There are others who don’t even want to pay”, he said.
When questioned about his ultimate dream in life, the 14-year-old disclosed that he wishes to own a veterinary centre where he will be able to care for and treat sick animals.
Oscar treating an animal
Oscar’s father, Abutate Daniel who now suffers from an ailment and old age has described his son as “an intelligent boy who loves the veterinary work from the core of his heart.”
Some patrons of Oscar’s services have also confirmed that Oscar is experienced and has, on many occasions, saved their animals. However, all efforts to continue his education to a higher level have proven futile.
“Before, I entertained a lot of fear whenever I had to engage his services, mainly because I thought he was too young to understand the work. I thought he might kill my livestock, but he surprised me”, now regular and satisfied customer, Gloria Safoa, confessed.
Kwesi Apie, who rears pigs in the region, also said “I have worked with him for almost three years and nothing has happened to my pigs because of his treatments. He shows the feed to give them and treats them to be free from ticks and bugs”.