The Department of Veterinary Medicine was established from the inception of Assam Veterinary College, way back in 1948, imparting veterinary education in treatment, prevention and control of prevailing infectious diseases in livestock, mainly Cattle Plague which was responsible for heavy economic loss on agriculture of the state, then Greater Assam. The Masters Degree programme in Veterinary Medicine started in the year 1969, i.e. the year of establishment of the Assam Agricultural University. Since then, Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine, Public Health & Hygiene was awarded to the qualifying students from the year 1971 onwards. Subsequently, the doctoral programme, i.e. PhD in Veterinary Medicine, Public Health & Hygiene started from the year 1985, and continued up to 2005 untill the parent Department of Veterinary Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (VMPH) was divided in to 3 divisions by the recommendation of the Veterinary Council of India (VCI) for the undergraduate programme, namely,
i. Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Ethics & Jurisprudence
ii. Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and
iii. Veterinary Public Health.
After trifurcation, the new MVSc Degree programmes were introduced in the year 2008 (ICAR old syllabus). Currently, the NEW AND STRUCTURED POST-GRADUATE CURRICULA & SYLLABI ON VETERINARY CLINICAL SUBJECTS designed by the Education Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, April, 2009 is in vogue.