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.


  • Imparting education to under graduate and post-graduate students in the field of Wildlife Science.
  • Development of molecular and immuno–diagnostic technique for specific diagnosis of diseases affecting Wildlife.
  • Formulation of suitable treatment and control measures in captive wild animals.
  • Studies on disease pattern affecting wildlife including avifauna.
  • Captive breeding related research activities in wild animals.
  • Research related to wildlife nutrition.
  • Study on effects of environmental pollution on wildlife.



Under Graduate Programme

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:

VMD 512 Zoo/Wild Animal Breeding, Nutrition, Management and Health Care 1+1
Tracking Programme Wild and Zoo Animal Medicine 0+2

Post Graduate Programmes

M.V.Sc., in Wildlife Science (2 years)

WLS 601 Wildlife Biology and Ecology 2+0
WLS 602 Ethology of Wildlife 1+1
WLS 603 Wildlife Management 2+0
WLS 604 Capture and Immobilization of Wildlife 1+1
WLS 605 Wildlife Pathology 2+1
WLS 606 Special Medicine- Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fishes 1+1
WLS 607 Special Medicine- Mammals 2+1
WLS 608 Zoological Park Clinical Training 0+2
WLS 609 Epidemiology and Population Health 1+1
WLS 610 Wildlife Nutrition 1+1
WLS 611 Wildlife Genetics and Breeding 2+0
WLS 612 Wildlife Parasitology 2+1
WLS 613 Clinical Training - Aves and Reptiles 0+1

Ph.D. in Wildlife Science (3 Years)

WLS 801 Wildlife Medicine 2+1
WLS 802 Wildlife Biology 2+0
WLS 803 Zoological Park - Clinical Training 0+2
WLS 804 Wild Animal Behaviour 2+0
WLS 805 Pathology of Wildlife Diseases 2+1
WLS 806 Wildlife Ecology 1+0
WLS 807 Capture and Immobilization of Wild Life 2+1
WLS 808 Wildlife Management 2+0
WLS 809 Special Medical Care and Management of Elephants 2+1
WLS 891 Doctoral Seminar 1+0
WLS 892 Doctoral Seminar 1+0
WLS 899 Research 0+45

Postgraduate Diploma in Wild Animal Disease Management (PGDWADM) (DISTANCE EDUCATION - ONLINE MODE) (1 year)

WLS 701 Wildlife Biology and Management
WLS 702 Capture and Immobilization
WLS 703 Infectious Diseases of Wildlife
WLS 704 Wildlife Pathology
WLS 705 Parasitic Diseases of Wildlife
WLS 706 Wildlife Medicine - Mammals
WLS 707 Wildlife Medicine - Reptiles and Amphibians
WLS 708 Wildlife Medicine - Avifauna
WLS 799 Project work

Since inception 2 students have successfully completed their Ph.D., 44 students completed M.V.Sc. and 14 students completed PGDWADM. 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.


Projects Completed

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 of India 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
Sex determination in Psittacines by amplification of CHD gene using PCR TANUVAS 10-09-2014 to 09-09-2015


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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:

  • To know about the wild animals and birds in nature as well as in captivity
  • To come closer to know about the behaviour of various species of animals and birds in the zoological gardens and the free living wild animals and birds in the sanctuaries.
  • To listen to the talks and discussions organized by the club with naturalists and wildlife authorities
  • To participate in the wildlife camps and short trips, organized by the club at  the wildlife related spots
  • To participate in the discussion organized with the zoo veterinarians and zoological parks in the management, care, breeding, diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures adopted for the captive wild animals and birds
  • Conducting various competitions on conservation of wild animals like quiz contest, oratorical competition in English and Tamil, Drawing competition, poster designing competition, Rangoli competition etc.

Significant Meetings Conducted by this Department

  • International Conference on Wildlife Conservation
  • National Workshops for Zoo Veterinarians
  • Meeting Conducted for Field Veterinarians

Wlidlife Rehabilitation

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.

Molecular method of Bird Sexing

Department of Wildlife Science, Madras Veterinary College offers DNA sexing for psittacines and columbiformes using their feathers in Avian and Exotic Pet Unit, Madras Veterinary College Teaching hospital, Chennai.

Price details for DNA feather sexing of birds- Rs 350 + 18 % GST

DNA Sexing of Psittacine Birds using Feathers

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. 


  1. Dr. C.Sreekumar, Professor and Head
  2. Dr. M.Palanivelrajan, Assistant Professor
  3. Dr. A.Prathipa, Assistant Professor (On leave)
  4. Dr. B.Nishanth, Assistant Professor
  5. Dr. A.Shanmugasundaram, Assistant Professor