The Department of Veterinary Parasitology has been established on 05.06.2012 as a part of Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu with the aim of providing quality education, research and extension service to the undergraduate students. field veterinarians and farmers The department is functioning with three laboratories such as Helminthology laboratory cum museum, Entomology & Protozoology Laboratory and Research Laboratory. The department is also involved in diagnosis of parasitic diseases of animals by examination of clinical samples and identification of parasites collected from domestic & wild animals and human beings.


  • Offering Undergraduate courses in Veterinary Parasitology
  • Undertaking research on parasitic diseases of livestock and poultry.
  • Inculcating Parasitology research in the minds of Undergraduate students.
  • Creation of awareness on parasitic infections of animals to farmers through extension aids
  • Providing training programme to field veterinarians and paraveterinarians regarding diagnosis of parasitic diseases


The department is equipped with laboratory equipments and instruments needed for UG teaching as per VCI specification such as Autoclave, Hot air oven, Incubator, Centrifuge, Warming blender, Hygrometer, Distillation unit, Sterilizer unit, Water bath, Dissection microscopes, Compound microscopes and LCD Projector. Necessary glass wares, Plastic wares, chemicals and reagents are available to handle UG Practical classes. The Helminthology laboratory is equipped with instruments for faecal examination and helminth identification. Permanent mounted microscopic slides, gross lesions, ova, charts and photographs of helminths are available for undergraduate education in this laboratory. The Entomology and protozoology laboratory is equipped with instruments for blood smear and Skin scraping examination. Permanent mounted microscopic slides, gross lesions, charts and photographs of insects, arachnids and Protozoa are available for undergraduate education in this laboratory. The research lab is equipped with instruments to carry out basic and applied research in Parasitology.


As per the VCI regulations, the following courses are offered to the undergraduate students

  • VPA 211 General Veterinary Parasitology and Helminthology 3+1
  • VPA 221 Veterinary Entomology and Acarology 1+1
  • VPA 222 Veterinary Protozoology 2+1
  • VLD 411 – Veterinary Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Diagnosis—1 (0+1)


  • The department is actively involved in field oriented research on biology, treatment and control of parasites affecting animals
  • A Research Programme on ‘’Study on medicinal property of Pteridophytes in Ethnoveterinary medicine’’ is completed in collaboration with Dept.of Botany, AVVM Sri Pushpam College, Poondi of Bharathidasan University
  • A research on acaricide detection using bioassay is also being carried out in the department
  • A total of 25 research articles have been published by the staff of this department in reputed scientific journals from 2015-2018
  • DST-SERB Early career research award entitled ‘Designing of novel and eco-friendly tick control devices for cattle’ has been sanctioned with a budget outlay of 34.97 lakhs.

Diagnostic Services

The department is routinely involved in examination of faeces, blood, skin scrapings, parasites and other clinical samples received from TVCC, DLF,ILFC, Department of Veterinary Pathology and Cauvery delta region. During the year 2014-15, 452 faecal samples, 441 blood smears and 54 other samples were screened and identified various parasitic infections in animals of this region.

Significant findings

  • Duck lice Anatochus dentatus was recorded for the first time from Southern India
  • Anaticola sp. and Trinoton sp. of louse have been identified from ducks
  • Gongylonema ingluvicola has been identified from the crop of a pigeon
  • Prosthogonimus pellucidus was identified from the bursa of a desi bird


  • Providing clinical sample examination training to the veterinarians and paraveterinarians
  • Involving disease investigation work along with other animal health departments
  • Creating awareness about parasitic diseases among farmers via radio talks, pamphlets and popular articles in vernacular language.


  • Dr. R.Velusamy, Assistant Professor and Head
  • Dr. A.Latchumikanthan, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. M.K.Vijayasarathi, Assistant Professor

Contact address

The Professor and Head.

Department of Veterinary Parasitology,

Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu,

Thanjavur-614625, Tamil Nadu.

E-mail: No: +91-4372-234012