Wang Boxue, head of a vet station in Guangming Township of Shaanxi Province, is haunted by a strong feeling of losing his job as fewer villagers have come to him for help in the past months.
"One of the grain production bases in northwest China, the township has 22 villages, and in the past we used to look after nearly 300 livestock," the vet told Xinhua.
"But now people use tractors as their transportation tools and nearly all the agricultural production procedures are mechanized. The horses, donkeys and mules are needed in their daily life on fewer occasions, so that at most time I feel lost," Wang said.
For hundreds of years, the livestock played an irreplaceable role in China's countryside, where there dwell more than 800 million people.
"In the past every village raised livestock. They were not only the indispensable