The College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences came into existence in 1986 with the objectives of:
Human Resource Development to produce qualified Veterinarians and postgraduates in different disciplines of animal health, production and products technology, besides updating the knowledge and skills of the field Veterinarians.
Enhancing animal production by genetic improvement of cattle, sheep and other livestock species from the health point of view, studies on fertility problems, development of viable and sustainable pastures/grasslands and technology for improving feeds and herbages for optimum nutrition, development of hormonal and neuro-endocrinological and embryo transfer technology etc.
To provide animal health coverage to the livestock production of the State by giving specialized therapeutic service at the main campus, organizing animal health camps at the farmers' door steps and attending disease outbreaks in the field.
Strengthening animal products technology for meat, milk, fur, wool and hair etc.
Transfer of technology to the farmers and to render Referral Animal Health and Production Services to the livestock of the state.
The course of study includes the Veterinary Council of India (Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education Degree Course- B.V.Sc. & AH) Regulations, 2009. It includes the curriculum and syllabus provided in these Regulations (VCI) for the undergraduate students spread over five complete academic years including a compulsory internship of six months duration undertaken after successful completion of all credit hours provided in the syllabus. The modifications will be followed as per the recommendations of the VCI from time to time.
The thrust areas of research have been recognized by the interaction of officers of State Government; faculty of the College and various national level experts. The progress of teaching and research of the College was reviewed by the competent committees of ICAR and Veterinary Council of India from time to time. A high level technical expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr. C.M. Singh, Director IVRI in 1990 interacted with the faculty of the college and reviewed the activities in teaching, research and extension education. After expressing the satisfaction on the progress made, they decided the perspective plan proposal for 20 years. Later on a 20 years progress of the university was evaluated in 1998 in which a detailed perspective plan of the university in general and College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in particular was prepared and included in Vision 2020. This document has been circulated to all the Agricultural Universities, ICAR Institutions and Veterinary Council. The document envisaged the future plan and thrust areas in various disciplines of College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences which are as under :-
To compile information on economic traits of indigenous and cross bred Livestock.
To establish causes of the low fertility among livestock groups.
Assessment of nutritional requirements of livestock, balanced feeding systems and measures for augmenting the nutritional status of native pastures and grasslands.
To compile information on prevalence and intensity of different parasitic infestations (internal and external) among various domestic animals and poultry of the different areas of the Pradesh.
To compile data on common diseases of migratory stock for the establishment of the possible remedial measures.
To assess the efficacy of various medicinal plants available in this Himalayan region for their use in control of various animal diseases.
To develop information on etiopathology of common diseases of Angora and broiler rabbits, respiratory distress syndrome of equines and to develop therapeutics thereof.
To develop and improve the efficiency and productivity of livestock wealth of state by using available biotechnological tools. Suitable processing technology for various livestock products such as meat, milk, egg, fur, wool, skin, bones, blood etc. will be investigated and feasible technologies will be transmitted to industrial sector as well as to the farmers for their extensive utilization.
To undertake the refinement of technology for culture and capture fishery, best suited to different areas of Himachal Pradesh and to establish comprehensive data base not only on the fish genetic resources but also on their bacterial and mycotic diseases.
The available technologies duly refined, are being transferred for adoption to the livestock owners/farmers of the State through various modes of the Extension Education Programme like:
Orientation camps for the Para-veterinary staff
Orientation camps for the Jawans of SSB
Specialized Refresher courses to the field Veterinary officers of the State Department of Animal Husbandry
Subject matter workshop-cum-seminar on Rabbit Farming at the national level is organized for the Veterinary Officers of different states of the country.
Short term training programme for the farmers with respect to dairy farming, poultry farming and rabbit farming etc.
There is a regular provision of field training of veterinary graduates of 4th and 5th professional classes under Ambulatory Clinical
Practice courses wherein the students under the advisement of teachers of clinical departments attend the clinical cases in the selected Veterinary Hospitals on every Saturday during each semester.
The animal health camps are arranged at the door-steps of the farmers wherein the experts of Clinical, Para-clinical and Animal Husbandry Extension Education departments participate and treatment on the basis of spot diagnosis is provided after examining clinical samples, besides advice for the scientific management of livestock.
Experts working in the clinical and para-clinical labs attend disease out-breaks in different parts of the State immediately after receiving the urgent calls from the State department of Animal Husbandry.