The Department of Veterinary Microbiology was created on 22/06/2012 with the aim of identifying and controlling the infectious diseases of livestock through quality education, sustained and fruitful research and result oriented extension activities.


  • To offer quality education in Veterinary Microbiology using modern education technology for under-graduate students
  • To provide laboratory facilities for research in Veterinary Microbiology
  • To examine various clinical samples for diagnosis of infectious diseases of livestock and to offer advice on their control and prevention
  • To offer continuing professional developmental programmes and training to filed veterinarians in microbiological techniques and issues.


  • Deep freezer ( -200C& -400C)
  • Incubator
  • BOD incubator
  • Egg incubator
  • Hot-air oven
  • Refrigerated centrifuge, C-24
  • High speed centrifuge
  • Bucket type centrifuge
  • All glass single distillation unit
  • All glass double distillation unit
  • Analytical balance Instrument
  • Sterilizer Filter assembly (Membrane and Seitz)
  • Water bath
  • Water bath shaking
  • Immuno electrophoresis unit with power pack
  • Refrigerator with ice making facility
  • pH meter
  • Automatic pipette washer
  • Hot plate with magnetic stirrer
  • Spinix – Vortex mixer
  • Modular work table for Bacteriology and Immunology laboratories.


This department is offering following courses for undergraduate students

  • VMC 211 - General Veterinary Microbiology (1+1)
  • VMC 221 - Veterinary Immunology and Serology (1+1)
  • VMC 311 - Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology (2+1)
  • VMC 321 - General and Systemic Virology (2+1)
  • VLD 421 - Veterinary Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Diagnosis (0+1)


S. No. Project Title Funding Agency Scientist involved Fund Outlay (Rs. lakhs) Period
1 Surveillance of antibiotic usage and its resistance in bovine mastitis DST Dr.J.Johnson Rajeswar as Co-P.I 31.26 3 years


  • Various clinical samples are screened regularly for diagnosis of infectious diseases to effect control and prevention.
  • Farmers are routinely advised on biosecurity, vaccination schedule, disease prevention and control measures for control and prevention of livestock diseases.
  • Participating in disease investigation work for the diagnosis of infectious diseases as and when required by the Dept. of Animal Husbandry and VUTRCs.
  • Guest lectures, Radio / TV talks are being given regularly for the benefit of farmers, students and academicians.
  • Short technical messages beneficial to the farmers are routinely delivered through AIR.

Current focus

  • Isolation, identification and molecular characterization of infectious diseases of sheep and goats.
  • Field level study on surveillance and monitoring of small ruminants diseases in southern districts of Tamilnadu.


  • Established Department of Veterinary Microbiology as per VCI regulations at Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli.
  • Prepared lecture notes and laboratory manual for the courses VMC -211, VMC-221, VMC311 & VMC 321.
  • Published 35 research articles, 71 research abstracts, 3 Books, 7 book chapters, one lead paper, 55 popular articles, 3 pamphlets and 2 Booklets.
  • Delivered one TV talk and three radio talks.
  • Delivered twenty seven guest lecturers in various training programmes.
  • Seventeen disease investigation works were carried out for the diagnosis of infectious diseases of livestock and poultry along with the Dept. of Animal Husbandry and VUTRCs in Southern Districts of Tamilnadu.
  • Organized one training and one livestock health camp.
  • Participated in 13 mass contact / Livestock health camps organized by VC&RI, Tirunelveli and 5 Farmers meet.


  • Dr. J.Johnson Rajeswar, Professor and Head
  • Dr. G.Balakrishnan, Professor
  • Dr. M.Prabhu, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. N.Sweetline Anne, Assistant Professor


The Professor and Head

Department of Veterinary Microbiology,

Veterinary College and Research Institute,

Ramayanpatti, Tirunelveli - 627358.

Email: | Phone : +91-462-2336345