The Directorate of Clinics is the country's first organizational setup, established by TANUVAS for the advancement of Animal Health, Animal Patient Care, State of the art Clinical Services Delivery, Clinical Education, Research, Technology Transfer, Clinical Human Resources Development and Outreach.

The Directorate of Clinics is committed to excellence in diagnosis, treatment and management of clinical problems. Apart from providing facilities for clinical training to the undergraduate and postgraduate students, it also provides research facilities to the staff and students. The faculty conducts research to enhance current knowledge regarding etiology, diagnosis, treatment of diseases and organizes overseas and national training programme for the benefit of the veterinary students and veterinary practitioners.



  • Overall management of the Teaching Veterinary Hospitals of the University.
  • Technical and administrative control of the Department of Clinics, Madras Veterinary College and VC & RI, Namakkal ; Veterinary Clinical Complex, VC & RI, Orathnadu and Tiruneveli ; Resident Veterinary Services Section, Centralised Clinical Laboratory, Madras Veterinary College and Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital, Madhavaram, Chennai-51.
  • Technical control of all Clinical Departments viz., Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics of all constituent colleges of TANUVAS.
  • To plan and supervise research in the clinical subjects at all campuses of the University.
  • To modernize and strengthen the facilities for treatment of animals in all the Teaching Veterinary Hospitals of the University.
  • To co-ordinate with the Deans of Colleges, Director of Research and Director of Extension Education in teaching, research and extension activities.
  • To provide training programme to field staff of Tamilnadu and other States.
  • To educate public on Animal Welfare activities.
  • To provide Mobile Veterinary facilities in and around the Teaching Hospitals of the University.
  • To Identify field problems related to sick animals in Tamil Nadu and to design an integrated approach for solving the clinical problems.

Veterinary Teaching Hospitals

The Directorate has four Teaching Hospitals spread over the four Veterinary Colleges in the State namely

  • Madras Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, Vepery, Chennai
  • Veterinary College and Research Institute Teaching Hospital, Namakkal.
  • Veterinary College and Research Institute Teaching Hospital, Orathanadu
  • Veterinary College and Research Institute Teaching Hospital, Tirunelveli

In addition, the Directorate has a Resident Veterinary Services Section at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai one Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital at Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai to cater to the growing needs of the animal owners and farmers and to support the educational and research programmes of the University.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospitals provide high quality veterinary medical care and client service. The hospitals function from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on all working days and from 8.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m on government holidays. Emergency services for both large and small animals are available round the clock both at Resident Veterinary Services Section, Madras Veterinary College and Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal.


The facilities in small animal services include specialty in Cardiology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic surgery, Immunization, Dentistry, Theriogenology and General Surgery and in Large Animal - Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics. The specialty services for both large and small animals includes Radiology, Arthroscope, C-arm, Ultrasonography, Doppler, Gastrofibroscope, Bronchofibroscope, Rhinoscope, Colonoscope, Otoscope with Endoscopic image documenting system, Slit lamp Bio-microscope, Laparoscope and Vaginoscope.

  • Computed Tomography
  • Endoscopy and Ultrasonography
  • Cardiology
  • Radiology and Physiotherapy
  • Arthroscopy and Orthopaedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Operation Theatre Services
  • Canine Breeding
  • Large Animal Clinical Services
  • In-patient facility
  • Pharmacy
  • Centralised Clinical Laboratory
  • Ambulatory Veterinary Care and Ambulance Services
  • Veterinary Medical Record
  • Emergency and Critical Care Units
  • Clinical Referral Services and Specialty Practice Units
  • Infectious Disease Unit
  • Blood Bank

Computed Tomography

  • The CT Scan unit uplifts the diagnostic modality of the Radiology unit and provides précised diagnosis of various alignments.
  • Allows radiologists and other physicians to identify internal structures and visualize the shapes, size , density and texture
  • Benefits of CT includes reducing the need for exploratory surgeries, improved tumour diagnosis and treatment and to diagnose thoracic and cranial diseases

Endoscopy and Ultrasonography

  • The non invasive techniques like Endoscopy, Ultrasonography are used as distinctive diagnostic aids in both large and small animals.
  • Endoscope is used to view the inner side of the respective organs and helps to identify the anatomical distortion, pathological changes, nodules, growths, tumors, foreign bodies and to do diagnostic procedures like biopsy and aspirating fluids for culture.
  • It also aids in treatment like removing the foreign bodies and tumors and controlling the bleeding spots.
  • The ultrasound provides additional imaging of abdominal and thoracic organs for diagnosis of pregnancy, pyometra diseases of the reproductive tract, tumours of internal organs, intussusceptions etc.

Ultrasound Scanner

Endoscopy Unit


  • The cardiology unit with gadgets like Doppler, ECG, digital phonocardiograph, pulseoximeter, holter monitoring system aid in accurate diagnosis of heart diseases in both large and small animals.

Radiology and Physiotherapy

  • Plain and contrast skiagram of high quality for small animal, small ruminants and large animals are done for effective confirmative diagnosis. The laser physiotherapy for chronic wound healing and musculo skeletal disorders is an added feature

Arthroscopy and Orthopaedics

  • Arthroscopy is used for exploration and treatment of various joint disorders. Orthopaedic surgery on line with human is performed using C-arm facilities. Internal and external fixation for fracture management is carried out for small and large animals.


  • The eye care centre equipped with slit lamp Bio-microscope, aid in diagnosis of ophthalmic diseases and retinal manifestation of systemic diseases. The operating ophthalmic microscope of this hospital with phaco for cataract surgery has taken a lead in performing cataract surgery for small, farm and wild animals.

Operation Theatre Services

  • Operation theatre with amenities to perform soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery is available for small animals.
  • The large animal operation theatre with hydraulic operation table is used to perform routine surgeries and emergency operations like cesarean section and diaphragmatic hernia repair in cattle.
  • The large animal theatre has a special Rumenotomy trevis designed to perform rumenotomy in cattle.
  • Narcovet, the large animal anaesthetic apparatus is used in bovines and equine for maintaining anesthesia and providing ventilation.

Canine Breeding

  • A canine breeding unit performs artificial insemination in canines using fresh diluted semen and tran-cervical intrauterine insemination using frozen semen. Determination of accurate time of breeding using cytology and vaginoscopy are pioneer services of this unit.

Large Animal Clinical Services

  • The large animal services comprises of artificial insemination, infertility clinic, obstetrical unit, infertility diagnostic lab, detorsion pit, rumen lab, udder care unit, hoof care unit and soundness examination unit.
  • A large animal gastro enterology unit deals with medical management and surgeries for the digestive disorders in ruminants.
  • The out-patient units with such advanced amenities attract large number of clinical cases.

Large Animal Gaseous Anaesthetic Machine with Ventilator

Estrus Detector

Hind Quarter Elevator

In-patient facility

The teaching hospitals provide in-patient admission to farm and pet animals. The large animal in-patient is equipped with sling and sand bed for treatment of recumbent animals and colic box for horses. Facilities for stay are provided to the cattle owners in the in-patient units.


The pharmacy deals exclusively with veterinary medicines and provides important services such as

  • Dispensing of medicines for inpatient and outpatient animals. The pharmacy attached to the Department of Clinics in Madras Veterinary College and Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal purchases and issues drugs to the different units based on the prescriptions for treatment of animals at free of cost.
  • Special compounding of products that are not commercially available
  • Specific drug information answers
  • Consultation services for veterinarians

Centralised Clinical Laboratory

  • The Centralized Clinical Laboratory comprises of clinical pathology, clinical biochemistry, clinical parasitology and clinical microbiology division to support disease diagnosis. This laboratory process and analyse blood, urine, faecal, skin and cytology specimens from large and small domestic and exotic animals.
  • Samples are received from clinicians, researchers, veterinary practitioners and veterinarians from departments within and outside the State. The samples are analysed using multi species automated whole blood haematology analyzer and semi automated biochemistry analyzer.

Ambulatory Veterinary Care and Ambulance Services

  • The Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital, Madhavaram Milk Colony, the Emergency and Critical Care Unit at Madras Veterinary College and Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal, renders veterinary care to the farm and pet animals in and around the city and in rural areas.
  • Livestock in distress are transported by ambulance on payment of hire charges to the hospital for detailed investigations and treatment.

Veterinary Medical Record

  • To ensure optimal continuity of care, the veterinary teaching hospital maintains the medical record that documents diagnosis and treatment of animals. The medical record includes the summary of animal care and laboratory test results.
  • The data available is used by research scholars and scientist to analyse the pattern of disease and to forecast suitable remedial measures to be undertaken to contain the disease. The incidence and occurrence of each disease are also analysed for future guidance.

Emergency and Critical Care Units

  • A separate Emergency and Critical Care unit functions round the clock to provide veterinary critical care to the patients with medical, surgical and obstetrical emergencies.
  • The unit also gives training to the students and internees to handle veterinary emergencies and give advice to livestock farmers and pet owners on veterinary health care.

Clinical Referral Services and Specialty Practice Units

  • The hospital serves as a referral centre for field veterinarians wherein cases of special interest are referred from within and outside the state. Field investigation on the outbreak of diseases in both large and small animals is done by specialist available in the hospital.
  • Treatments for various ailments of wild and exotic animals are also being done by specialist of this teaching hospital.
  • The excellent clinical material and facilities available in this hospital is utilized by the research scholars of this institute to pursue their research.

Clinical Human Resources Development

Advanced Clinical Training and Skill Development Programmes in specialized areas like

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nephrology
  • Ultrasonography
  • Laparoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Ruminant surgery
  • Bovine Infertility
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Small animal dentistry
  • Orthopaedics
  • Canine breeding and artificial insemination.

These Programmes are conducted for veterinary practitioners from all over India every year.

International Student Training and Externships

  • The Clinical Departments and the Teaching Hospitals offer clinical internship training programme to the international students. The infrastructure available attracts students from other countries to take up clinical internship training and study abroad programme.
  • The undergraduate students of Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh go through their clinical internship training every year.
  • The study abroad programme is undertaken by students of Oklahoma State University and Washington State University, USA and many other countries etc.

Clinical Activities at a Glance

In the year 2011-2012, the cases treated at the Directorate of Clinics are as follows:

Clinics RVSS Madhavaram NKL
Canine 111129 7124 17319 10294 12397 5715 163978
Feline 6612 1154 396 421 159 32 8774
Equine 1150 68 4 128 137 104 1591
Caprine/Ovine 4178 719 903 3279 10490 6418 25987
Avian 8837 263 1003 271 553 888 11815
Bovines 10700 393 1168 11969 5274 1332 30836
Others 723 111 172 59 61 91 1217
Total 143329 9832 20965 26421 29071 14580 244198
A.I. done 1108 - - 3103 16 3531 7758
ARV 9010 - 1949 1024 1678 630 14291
DHPPi L 17783 - 4201 2143 3329 981 28437
RDVK&F 49 vials - - - - - 49
SURGERY 1843 0 70 855 430 482 3680

Clinical Laboratory Services Offered

No. of blood samples and smears received for Hematological Examination 42540
No. of urine samples examined 938
No. of skin scrapings examined 245
No. of bio-chemical tests carried out 39266
Clinical Microbiology : ABST 3284
Total no. of faecal samples examined 778

Outreach and Extension Activities of the Directorate

  • Mass contact programme
    • Four mass contact programmes and Six veterinary health camps were conducted to benefit farming community both at Madras Veterinary College Teaching Hospital, Chennai and Veterinary College and Research Institute Teaching Hospital, Namakkal / Orathanadu / Tirunelveli and Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital, Madhavaram.
    • Five Free anti-rabies vaccination camp were conducted at Madras Veterinary College, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal / Orathanadu / Tirunelveli and Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital, Madhavaram
  • Talk
    • Eleven useful messages through radio / Television programmes were delivered for the benefit of farmers and pet owners.
  • Field investigation
    • Eight field investigations in dogs and wild animals were done for this year.
  • Guest Lectures
    • Ninety two guest lectures were delivered during various training programmes organized by various colleges.

Clinical Services Units


  • Department of Clinics
  • Resident Veterinary Services Section
  • Centralized Clinical Laboratory
  • Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Ethics And Jurisprudence
  • Department of Veterinary Surgery And Radiology
  • Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology And Obstetrics
  • Department of Veterinary Pharmacology And Toxicology
  • Veterinary University Peripheral Hospital


  • Department of Clinics
  • Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Ethics And Jurisprudence
  • Department of Veterinary Surgery And Radiology
  • Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology And Obstetrics
  • Department of Veterinary Pharmacology And Toxicology


  • Veterinary Clinical Complex
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology


  • Veterinary Clinical Complex
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology


  • Dr. T.Sathiamoorthy, PhD, Director of Clinics
Name of the Directors Tenure
From To
Dr.M.S. Dewan Muthu Mohammed 09.11.1990 02.09.1992
Dr.N. Natarajan (Addl. Charge) 03.09.1992 17.01.1993
Dr.R. Venkataraman 18.01.1993 31.05.1995
Dr.S. Shanmuga Sundaram (Addl. Charge) 01.06.1995 13.09.1995
Dr.A.T. Venugopalan (Incharge) 14.09.1995 31.05.1996
Dr.S.R. Pattabiraman (Full Addl. Charge) 01.06.1996 13.12.1996
Dr.P. Dhanapalan 13.12.1996 13.12.1999
Dr. Archibald David 14.12.1999 31.10.2002
Dr.R. Manickam (Incharge) 01.11.2002 04.12.2002
Dr.P. Thangaraju (Incharge) 05.12.2002 12.09.2003
Dr.K. Ameerjan (Incharge) 12.09.2003 18.02.2004
Dr.K. Ameerjan 18.02.2004 31.03.2006
Dr.P. Dhanapalan 01.04.2006 14.07.2006
Dr.D. Kathiresan 14.07.2006 13.07.2009
Dr.D. Kathiresan 14.07.2009 17.08.2009
Dr.S. Prathaban 18.08.2009 17.08.2012
Dr.S. Prathaban 18.08.2012 22.11.2012
Dr.S.R. Srinivasan 22.11.2012 29.08.2014
Dr.S.R. Srinivasan (Incharge) 29.08.2014 07.01.2015
Dr.T.N. Ganesh (Incharge) 07.01.2015 31.12.2015
Dr.R. Jayaprakash 31.12.2015 31.03.2017
Dr.S. Balasubramanian (Full Addl. Charge) 01.04.2017 10.04.2018
Dr.S. Balasubramanian (Incharge) 11.04.2018 27.08.2018
Dr.S. Balasubramanian 27.08. 2018 -