1.1       Historical background:

            It had been periodically felt that very little efforts have been made to promote live stock production and control of diseases, besides research and extension under Sub Mountain, temperate and sub- temperate conditions of Himachal Pradesh. There was also a general consensus that a tremendous scope for livestock development including education and research, besides conservation of natural germplasm of typical species like Yaks, Gaddi sheep, goats, hill cattle and a variety of wild species of fauna (animals and birds), which otherwise could not be better looked after by the veterinarians trained in other parts of the country. The gap was also very wide in livestock resources available in the State vis--vis the qualified human resources to provide efficient veterinary health cover. The HPKV constituted an expert committee in consultation with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for assessing the establishment of a Veterinary institution. The committee consisted of Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR; Vice- Chancellor, HPKV, Director, Animal Husbandry, Govt. of H.P.; Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, HAU, Hissar; Dean College of Veterinary Sciences, GB Pant university of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Director, NDRI, Karnal; Dr. S.P. Arora, Professor of Eminence; Dr. A.C. Mathew, ADG ICAR; Dr. B.S. Gill, Special Director of Research (Animal Sciences) PAU, Ludhiana, Dr. O.P. Awasthi, Dean, C.O.A. HPKV and Dr. M.P. Narang, Head  Department of Animal Production, HPKV. This committee held its meeting on 19th December, 1985 at HPKV, Palampur and recommended the establishment of a Veterinary College at Palampur as a model Veterinary College for hilly regions of the country by appreciating the available infrastructure in the erstwhile department of Animal production of the university. Thus the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS) was established by the State Government in 1986 and it was duly accredited by the ICAR and approved by the Board of Management of the University with the following six composite departments:

1.      Animal Production

2.      Anatomy and Histology

3.      Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology

4.      Veterinary Microbiology, Pathology and Parasitology

5.      Veterinary  Surgery and Gynecology

6.      Veterinary  Medicine

1.2       Institutional growth:

            With the development of teaching and research facilities and as per the recommendation of the Veterinary Council of India, the minimum standards of veterinary education (MSVE, 2009) the following 17 departments and 2 services units were created.

1.2.1    Teaching Departments:

1.         Veterinary Anatomy      

2.         Veterinary Physiology & Biochemistry

3.         Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

4.         Veterinary Parasitology

5.         Veterinary Microbiology

6.         Veterinary Pathology

7.         Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology

8.         Animal Nutrition

9.       Animal Breeding and Genetics

10.       Livestock Production and Management

11.       Veterinary Gynecology and Obstetrics

12.       Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

13.       Veterinary Clinical  Medicine

14.       Livestock Product Technology

15.       Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education.

16.       Department of Fisheries


1.2.2    Service Units:

1.         Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex

2.         Livestock Farm.

            Post Graduation is offered in the following disciplines:


1. Veterinary Anatomy and Histology

2. Veterinary Physiology


3. Veterinary Parasitology

4. Veterinary Microbiology

5. Veterinary Pathology

6. Animal Nutrition


7. Animal Reproduction, Gynecology and Obstetrics

8. Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

9. Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Ethics and Jurisprudence

10. Veterinary Public Health

11. Veterinary Biochemistry (From this session i.e. 2011-12)


1. Animal Nutrition

2. Animal Breeding and Genetics

3. Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

4. Veterinary Anatomy & Histology

5. Veterinary Microbiology & Immunology

6.  Veterinary Clinical Medicine.

7. Veterinary Physiology