VETERINARY COLLEGE AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NAMAKKAL

DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY

The department was started on 14.06.1985 with the scheme ‘Unit XIII-Veterinary Education and Research - Veterinary Plan - Institute of Higher Studies and Innovations, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal’. The department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology is offering B.V.Sc., and M.V.Sc., courses, which is a continuing process every year.

Objectives

Main objectives

  • Imparting education in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology to under-graduate and post-graduate students.
  • Conducting pharmaceutical meet for outgoing B.V.Sc., students.
  • Offering drug information services to the needy doctors and farmers.

Research Objectives

  • Documentation and Identification of active principles of plant origin for the treatment of viral and bacterial diseases of poultry and cattle.
  • Collection of materials to develop a herbal garden for the development of ethno-pharmacology wing.
  • Collaborating with pharmaceutical companies for evaluating their products.

Courses Offered

Under Graduate

  • VPT 311 General and Systemic Pharmacology (2+1)
  • VPT 321 Veterinary Neuropharmacology (2+1)
  • VPT 411 Chemotherapy (2+0)
  • VPT 421 Toxicology (2+0)
  • VLD 421 Veterinary Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory diagnosis (0+1)

Post Graduate

  • VPT 601 General pharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 602 Autonomic and Autacoid Pharmacology (2+1)
  • VPT 603 CNS Pharmacology (2+1)
  • VPT 604 Digestive and Respiratory Pharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 605 Cardiovascular and Renal Pharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 606 Endocrine and Reproductive Pharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 607 Chemotherapy (2+1)
  • VPT 608 Toxicology of Xenobiotics (2+1)
  • VPT 609 Toxicology of Plants and Toxins (2+0)
  • VPT 610 Pharmacological Techniques (1+1)
  • VPT 611 Techniques in Toxicology (1+1)
  • VPT 612 Ethnopharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 691 Master's Seminar (1+0)
  • VPT 699 Master's Research - 20

Ph.D.

  • VPT 801 Advances in Neuropharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 802 Autacoid Pharmacology (1+0)
  • VPT 803 Pharmacology of Herbal Drugs (2+1)
  • VPT 804 Drug Metabolism (2+0)
  • VPT 805 Molecular Pharmacology (2+0)
  • VPT 806 Pharmacokinetics (2+1)
  • VPT 807 Pharmacogenomics (2+0)
  • VPT 808 Immunopharmacology (1+0)
  • VPT 809 Molecular Toxicology (2+0)
  • VPT 810 Clinical Pharmacology 1+1
  • VPT 811 Clinical Toxicology (2+1)
  • VPT 812 Ecotoxicology (2+0)
  • VPT 813 Regulatory Toxicology (2+1)
  • VPT 890 Special Problem (0+2)
  • VPT 891 Doctoral Seminar I (1+0)
  • VPT 892 Doctoral Seminar II (1+0)
  • VPT 899 Doctoral Research (45)

Infrastructure

All infrastructural facilities are available for U.G. Practicals as mentioned in VCI minimum requirements.

A. The following instruments are available for assessing drugs acting on C.N.S.    

  • Analgesiometer.
  • Hot plate apparatus.
  • Rota-rod apparatus.
  • Pole climbing apparatus.
  • Actophotometer.
  • Tele thermometer.

B. The following instruments are also available for assessing the pharmaceutical quality control of drugs

  • Tablet friability test apparatus.
  • Tablet hardness tester.
  • Tablet disintegration test apparatus.
  • Tablet dissolution test apparatus.

C. Further, computer aided learning (CAL) is also being used for teaching experimental pharmacology to U.G. Students.

D. The department has all the required facilities for the conduct of P.G. practicals as well as research work.        

The following infrastructural facilities are available:

  • U.V. Double beam spectrophotometer with system.
  • Flame photometer with system.
  • Laminar Flow – Vertical type.
  • Rotary vacuum evaporator.
  • Micro pipettes of various sizes.
  • Homogenizer
  • Micro centrifuge.
  • Water bath.
  • Rotary shaker.
  • Magnetic stirrer – Hot plate.
  • Vertex shaker.
  • Soxhlet extraction apparatus.
  • Laboratory blender.
  • Digital vernier caliper.
  • TLC apparatus.
  • Plethysmometer
  • Micro pipettes of various sizes

Achievements / Excellence

Research

Title of the project / Scheme Year Funding Agency
Ecto Paraciticidal effect of Sitaphal
2000
TN Student Council for Science & Technology (TNSCST)
In vitro evaluation of antifungal effect of garlic extract
2008
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In vitro anthelmintic activity of seed extracts of Cleome viscosa against GI nematodes of small ruminants
2010
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In vitro antimicrobial activity of whole plant extracts of Moringa olifera against poultry pathogens
2010
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Ongoing Projects

  • "Exploration of hepatoprotective effect of Alloe health drink in broiler chicken" sponsored by C.P. Plantations, Madurai.
  • "Immunomodulatory activity of Allium sativam and Withania somnifera against New Castle Disease control in desi birds" funded by TANUVAS.
  • Comparative and combined fly control effect of neem products with cyromazine in poultry (M.V.Sc.)
  • Influence of toxin binders on the pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of enrofloxacin in broiler chicken (Ph.D.)
  • Preparation and characterization of enrofloxacin nanoparticle and its pharmacokinetics in domestic emu (Dromaius navaehollandiae) (Ph.D.)

Current Focus     

  • Establishment and maintenance of Instructional herbal garden and utilization of herbs for PG research.
  • Screening of plant extracts for antibacterial, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory and anti-arthritic property.
  • Offering Drug information and Toxicological Guidance to Veterinarians.

Faculty

Dr. A.Raja, Professor and Head| raja@tanuvas.org.in | Mobile: +91-94444140452
Dr. M.J.Raja, Assistant Professor | | m.j.raja@tanuvas.org.in | +91-9629133687
Dr. R.Yogeswari, Assistant Professor | yogamvsc@yahoo.co.in| +91-8870570767