Designation and address
Professor and Head, Dept. of Livestock Products Technology (Meat Science),
Madras Veterinary College,

M.V.Sc. (Meat Science and Technology)
Ph.D. (Meat Science and Technology)

T : +91-44-25304000 (EPABX)
M: +91-9444527875
E: apparao[dot]v[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in

Fields(s) of specialization
Majoring field : Meat Science and Technology
Specializing field : Tenderisation, Meat processing, meat products development, quality control
Current Projects
  • Co-Principal Investigator in ICAR – AICRP on Post Harvest Technology
  • Co-Principal Investigator in NAIP scheme on "Development of ecourses for BVSc.,& AH"
  • Co-Principal Investigator in Ministry of Food Processing Industries on "Establishment of Food Testing Laboratory for meat and Meat products"
Completed Projects
Research Achievements

The following technologies are standardized and developed

  • Tenderization by electrical stimulation
  • Characterisation of muscle fibre types of non-descript south Indian buffalo meat
  • HACCP models for meat processing
  • Value added meat products
Recent Research Publications

R. Ponsingh, R.Narendra Babu, S.Wilfred Ruban and V.Appa Rao, 2011, "Effect of Tapioca starch on physic-chemical and sensory characteristics of Buffalo meat sausages" Journal of Food Technology 9 (1) : 32-35.

V.Appa Rao, S.Wilfred Ruban, & A.Kalaikannan, 2010, Low Voltage Electrical Stimulation of spent rabbit carcasses – Physical and structural characteristics" Fleischwirtschaft 25 (4) : 64-68

V.Appa Rao, G.Thulasi, S.Wilfred Ruban and P.Thangaraju, 2010, "Certain carcass characteristics of non descript buffaloes" Fleischirtschaft 25 (1) :76-77

V.Appa Rao, G.Thulasi and S.Wilfred Ruban, 2009, "Effect of Age and Sex on Meat quality characteristics of south Indian Non Descript Buffalo" Buffalo Bulletin 28 (3) : 138-147

Wilfred Ruban, S., A.Kalaikannan & V.Appa Rao, 2009, Physicochemical characteristics of pork sausage during refrigerated storage, Veterinary World, 2 (3) : 95-97

V.Appa Rao, G.Thulasi, & S.Wilfred Ruban, 2009, Meat Quality Characteristics of non-descript buffaloes affected by age and sex, World Applied Sciences Journal, 6 (8) : 1058-1065

Honours & Awards
  • TANUVAS gold medal-2000 for best Ph.D., student of the year 2000.
  • Dr. Richard Masillamony Endowment Award for best outgoing Ph.D. student for the year 2000.
  • TANUVAS Alumni Association Award for the best Ph.D., student for the year 2000.
  • Tamil Peravai Award for the tamil book on "Kudurpuzhu neekalum, Seyarkai murai Karuvootal" 2010.
  • ICAR DG commendation award for the NAIP project on "Development of ecourses for BVSc., & AH Degree Course" in 2012.