The Department of Wildlife Science was established in 1994 to impart education in the field of wildlife science to veterinary students and started to offer a post-graduate course (M.V.Sc) in the field of wildlife science. Among whole states in India, it is the first veterinary university that started a separate department for wild animals in Madras Veterinary College. Many of the Indian states still don't have separate department in the field of wildlife science. The main objective of this department is to impart education on Wildlife Science with emphasis on wildlife health and disease management.
The curricula of programmes have been designed to cater to the ever changing needs and demands of veterinary students' perusing the wildlife science PG degree programme. The focus is on holistic learning and empowering students to make significant contributions at all levels.
The Department offers the following courses in the subject of wildlife science:
Since inception 23 students have successfully completed their M. V. Sc. It's a matter of pride for the Department of wildlife science that all the students of the department are well placed in the state departments, SAU's, various wildlife related sectors etc. Apart from imparting classroom lectures and practical session to the undergraduate students, they will be undertaking six days-internship training programme at Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Guindy National park and Chennai snake park trust, Guindy.
Books/Manuals Prepared by the Department
Electronic Guides Developed by the Department
Number of UG Students Projects Motivated - 6 Nos.
Number of Informative Bulletins Prepared in the Field of Wildlife Science - 6 Nos.
Innovative Materials Associated for Education Purposes
The department executed a number of Post-graduate Research Programmes, as quoted below:
Wildlife Club of Madras Veterinary College was started with staff and students as members. With the guidance of staff of this department, the followings are the participatory works of this prestigious club of this college:
Significant Meetings Conducted by this Department
International Conference on Wildlife Conservation
Various disease related features were brought to lime light by the International Conference on "Wildlife Conservation, Health and Disease Management-A Post Millennium Approach" conducted at Chennai, from 3rd to 5th February, 2010. The international conference held was useful for interactions among scientists and this helped to enrich the conservation measures of endangered wild fauna. A total number of 240 delegates (221 national + 19 International) participated in the international conference. Murray.E.Fowler from USA is the distinguished visitor who shared his valuable and extinguished knowledge to the scientific community, gathered.
National Workshops for Zoo Veterinarians
Central Zoo Authority of India and Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University organized a National Workshop on "Protocol for the Veterinary care and safety of wild animals during transportation with special reference to deer species" from 24th to 28th January 2011 for zoo veterinarians, arranged in collaboration with Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai.
Twenty seven veterinarians from all over India participated & got benefitted in this workshop.
Meetign Conducted for Field Veterinarians
International Student Training Programmes Completed
Wildlife enthusiastic persons rescued the wounded birds and handover the same to this department for treatment and rehabilitation. Hitherto, Pariah kite/Small Indian kites Barn owls etc. were successfully rehabilitated, in different periods.
|Name of the project||Funding agency||Period of project|
|Development of an Indian Co-operative Wildlife Health Programme and Technical Assistance in Wildlife Institute of India’s Wildlife Health Research Project||Wildlife Institute of India||01-09-1995 to 30-09-2001|
|Retrospective Survey of diseases in free ranging and captive wild animals||Wildlife Institute
|01-04-2000 to 30-11-2000|
|Strengthening of Madras Veterinary College as Nodal Centre of Wildlife Health and Disease Diagnosis||Central Zoo Authority of India, New Delhi||15-07-2002 to 31-03-2007|
|Health cover to captive wild animals (Prolifically breeding wild animals) maintained at Arignar Anna Zoological Park||Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur||17-10-2007 to 17-10-2010|
|Common foot ailments in captive Asian Elephants of South India||Central Zoo Authority New Delhi||18-02-2008 to 18-02-2010|
Publications in Scientific Journals : 35 nos.
Popular Articles about Wild ANimals to Benefit Public : 12 NOS
All India Radio Programmes and TV Programmes
Many times, through All India Radio programmes, TV programmes and dailies, the public were enlightened about wild animals, their health and diseases including the conservation measures and information.
In the Central Zoo Authority related activities Staff of this department participated in the evaluation of various zoos in India and participated in the CZA funded project works.
Professor and Head
Dr.K.Senthlikumar, Assistant Professor
Dr.M.Palanivelrajan, Assistant Professor
Dr.A.Prathipa, Assistant Professor