The Department of Veterinary Public Health (VPH) was created in 2005 as per Registrar’s notification vide Memo No. AAU/205(9)-2005-RG/12450-76/Dated, 7.11.2005. The department earlier was tagged with erstwhile Department of Veterinary Medicine, Public Health & Hygiene. The main areas of academic activity of the department are teaching, research and extension. The department is developing the infrastructure base and establishing laboratories for undertaking research and developmental activities for VPH to fulfill the mandate. The Department of Veterinary Public Health has started offering MVSc Degree Programme since 2007-08 and PhD programme from 2010-11.
The prime mandate of the department is to maintain a steady flow of technically qualified and professionally competent personnel to Veterinary Public Health and allied sectors as well as to create an academic base to pursue basic and applied research. The important mandates are:
1. To develop education based technology on VPH for UG and PG students.
2. To conduct basic and applied research in various facets of VPH with special emphasis on “One Health” to produce human resources and to develop linkage among animal-plant-human-ecosystem interface.
3. To develop epidemiological models of emerging, re-emerging and lingering zoonotic diseases on priority basis to understand the disease biology.
4. To develop strategic framework for preparedness and control of anthropozoonotic diseases in livestock and poultry during and after a natural disaster.
5. To establish a liaison with industry, trade, regulatory and developmental organizations operating in foods of animal origin sector.
6. To serve as a regional repository of information in VPH sector.
The Department of Veterinary Public Health has attracted students not only from different states of India, but also from other countries of the world. The specialized areas under the subject have proved to be very successful as more than 90 per cent of the students have been employed in the private and government sectors in India.
Prioritization of research activities has been done based on the relative importance and relevance of the problems as well as issues. The teaching, research and extension activities have been envisaged to carry out in an integrated framework, establishing appropriate linkages with the food animal producers, consumers, Government Institutes, Non-Government organization and entrepreneurs.