The Department of Veterinary Pathology was established at Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu on 20-06-2012 as per USO. No. 20264/A1/ 2012 and Rc. No. 1832/A1/2012 dt. 20-06-2012 of the Registrar, TANUVAS, Chennai-51.


  • To impart quality education for undergraduate students of B.V.Sc & A.H.
  • To help the farmers in controlling disease outbreaks by doing necropsy, cytology and histopathology.
  • To conduct post mortem examination on Livestock, Poultry and fishes for academic and diagnostic purposes.
  • To screen the clinical samples and histopathological sections to aid in confirmation of diseases.
  • To work continuously on infectious diseases, toxicopathology and tumours of animals.


UG Courses

  • VPP-211 General Veterinary Pathology (1+1)
  • VPP-221 Systemic Veterinary Pathology (2+1)
  • VPP-311 Special Veterinary Pathology (2+1)
  • VPP-321 Avian Pathology (1+1)
  • VPP-322 Aquatic Animal Diseases, Health Care and Management 1+1 (To be taught jointly with VMD and LPM)
  • VLD-411 Veterinary clinical biochemistry and Laboratory diagnosis-I (0+1)
  • VCP-411 Veterinary Clinical practice (0+5)
  • VLD 421 Veterinary clinical biochemistry and Laboratory diagnosis-II (0+1)
  • VCP-421 Veterinary Clinical practice (0+5)
  • VCP-511 Veterinary Clinical practice (0+5)
  • VMD-512 Zoo/Wild Animal Breeding, Management, Nutrition and Healthcare (1+1) (To be taught jointly with AGB, LPM, ANN, VPP arid VSR)
  • VMD-513 Pet Animal Breeding, Management, Nutrition and Hearth Care (1+1) IX (To be taught jointly with AGB, LPM. ANN, VPP and VSR)


  • The department provides laboratory facilities and guidance to research scholars.
  • We provide histopathological slide reading and morphometry on animal tissues brought by nearby government research institutes.

Departmental pilot projects conducted under departmental fund include

  • Pathology of desi chicken diseases in Thanjavur District
  • Haematological alterations in haemoprotozoan infections in animals
  • Pulmonary pathology in goats


  • Farmers who brought the carcass for necropsy are advised about the treatment, control and preventive or quarantine protocols to be followed during disease outbreaks in collaboration with other departments if needed.
  • Faculties are involved in training programmes conducted for farmers and paraveterinary staffs of Department of Animal Husbandry.
  • Department of Veterinary Pathology is conducting training programmes for field Veterinarians of Department of Animal Husbandry on Necropsy diagnosis of livestock diseases.


  • Clinical Pathology
  • Necropsy facility
  • Rabies diagnostic unit
  • Histotechnology
  • Histopathology
  • Museum
  • Photomicrography unit


  • Veterinary Pathology department is well equipped with the following instruments
  • Microtome
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Trinocular microscope with image analyser
  • Binocular Research microscope
  • Student microscope
  • LCD projector
  • Electronic monopan balance
  • Electronic platform balances
  • Autopsy oscillating saw
  • Hot air ovens
  • Paraffin embedding oven
  • L- moulds
  • Tissue floatation bath
  • Tissue processing unit
  • Knife sharpener
  • Digital Vernier caliper
  • Digital camera
  • High pressure hydrant
  • Haemocytometers
  • Haemoglobinometers
  • Esrite tubes
  • Laboratory centrifuge
  • Haematocrit centrifuge
  • Necropsy table for small animals
  • Necropsy table for birds
  • Large animal necropsy table cum carcass trolley
  • Postmortem sets


  • Details for the last three years
  • Total number research articles published:
  • International: 4
  • National: 26
  • Total No. of popular articles published: 10
  • Total no. of pamphlets published: 10


  • Dr. J.Selvaraj, Professor and Head
  • Dr. R.Ravikumar, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. N.Babu Prasath, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. P.C.Prabu, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. K.Thilagavathi, Assistant Professor