Vet University to offer Course in Wildlife Veterinary Research

Karnataka is set to provide a research platform to the wildlife veterinary sector with the Karnataka Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU) getting ready to commence a unique postgraduate course in wildlife veterinary research, focussing on protection of endangered species.

Disclosing this to presspersons on the sidelines of the inaugural session of a two-day national conference on “Green technologies in dairy and food processing industries”, jointly organised by the Indian Dairy Engineers Association (IDEA) and the Dairy Science College, in Bangalore on Friday, KVAFSU Vice-Chancellor Suresh S. Honnappagol said the MVSc.(Master of Veterinary Science) course would commence from this academic year itself on 27th September, 2010.

The two-year course that looks into various aspects of endangered species will be offered at the Institute of Wildlife Veterinary Research at Dodda Alavaru village in Madikeri taluk of Kodagu district.

This highly specialised course would have a total intake of only five students from all its five branches put together. Veterinarians — the BVSc. graduates — were eligible for the course, Prof. Honnappagol said.

A similar course was being offered by the Tamil Nadu Veterinary University. However, the proposed course by the KVAFSU was unique as its branches would be different, he said.

Meanwhile, the KVAFSU is setting up two more veterinary science colleges offering BVSc. Course, in Gadag and in Athani (Belgaum district). To begin with, the colleges will have an intake of 30 each and it will be increased to 60 by adding five seats every year.

The decision to set up two more colleges was taken following huge demand for veterinary science graduates. In fact, the State was feeling a shortage of veterinary doctors, he said. The KVAFSU is also preparing to set up an Institute of Toxicology in Shimoga.

He pointed out that toxic plants had become a menace for cattle in the areas with large open grazing grounds as they would eat such dangerous plants.

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