ETHNO VETERINARY HERBAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR POULTRY,

VETERINARY HOSPITAL CAMPUS, NAMAKKAL

Poultry farming in India has metamorphosed through industrial status, with production of 63 billion eggs and 2.2 million tones of poultry meat. The modern poultry husbandry system has continuously been challenged with several bacterial, viral, parasitic and metabolic diseases. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics, chemical drugs and other synthetic medicines in commercial poultry farms become widespread which poses potential hazards to the society, such as antibiotic residue in poultry products viz. egg and meat and microbial resistance to antibiotics. Also, the goal of international agencies and Indian government now-a-days has been changing from food security to food safety. The days are not far off to completely ban the use of antibiotics and chemical drugs in poultry farming operations for which the industry should be ready with a viable alternate. Medicinal herbs/ herb'spices provide immense potential as an alternate to antibiotics and synthetic drugs, but unfortunately these are being less utilized by the poultry husbandry.

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, with the clear prudence, has established Ethno Veterinary Herbal Research Centre for Poultry (EVHRCP) in Namakkal during the year 2011, the first of its kind for poultry in India. The objectives of the Centre in broad sense are DOCUMENTATION of ethno veterinary practices in poultry, VALIDATION of ethno veterinary practices by different invitro and invivo methods, and PROPAGATION of viable practices to the poultry husbandry.

Objectives

  • Documentation of traditional herbal knowledge and ethno veterinary practices on poultry.
  • Phytochemical analysis for quality assessment of herbs
  • In house testing of herbs/ herb'spices for their effects by different invitro and invivo methods.
  • On-farm research on biological effect of herbs/ herb'spices in poultry health and production.
  • Training on primary health care of poultry to poultry farmers and veterinarians
  • Maintenance of herbal garden with important medicinal plants.

Courses Offered

Post graduate courses are being offered in association with the Dept. of Poultry Science, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal.

Infrastructure

The laboratory of the Centre is well equipped with infrastructures for qualitative phytochemical analysis of herbs/ herb'spices, assessment of antibacterial activity of herbs/ herb'spices, etc.

Achievements

Education

Post graduate students (MVSc. & PhD.) of Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal and other bioscience colleges are utilizing the laboratory facilities of EVHRCP for research purpose.

The staff of EVHRCP offering courses to PG and PhD. students of Poultry Science of Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal

The staff of EVHRCP is acting as chairman and member of advisory committee for PG and PhD. students of Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal.

Research

A research project on "comparative evaluation of egg quality characteristics and immune status of organic and inorganic layer farms" is on-going at the Centre.

Outreach

  • Trainings (on-campus and off-campus) on primary health care of poultry using herbs/ herb'spices are being regularly offered to the poultry farmers.
  • Messages on primary health care of poultry using herbs/ herb'spices are being frequently broadcasted through All India Radio stations.
  • Articles on primary health care of poultry using herbs/ herb'spices are being published in journals meant for poultry farmers.
  • Pamphlets on primary health care of poultry using herbs/ herb'spices are being regulary issued to poultry farmers.
  • Technical papers/ reports on the role of herbs in poultry health are being presented in national and international seminar/ conference/ symposium.

Current Focus

  • Effect of panchakavya on immune status and egg quality in layers.
  • Antibacterial activity of garlic under invitro system.
  • Role of neem and its products in fly control.

Faculty

Dr.B.Mohan, MVSc, PhD, Professor and Head | mohan.balusamy@gmail.com | Mobile: 9442241673
Dr.M.Sakthipriya, Assistant Professor | +91-9047057567 | sakthipriya[dot]m[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in