Genesis and Growth

The Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli was created on 22/06/2012 with the aim of identifying and controlling the parasitic diseases of livestock through quality education, sustained and fruitful research and result oriented extension activities. On staff are one Professor, one Associate Professor, two Assistant Professors, two Lab Technicians, two Attendants, one animal attendant and one sweeper cum attendant. The department offers undergraduate courses in Veterinary Parasitology in the second year of B.V.Sc. & A.H course from the academic year 2013-14 onwards.


  • To fulfill the curriculum needs of Veterinary Parasitology for under-graduate students as per VCI Syllabus
  • To provide laboratory facilities for research in Veterinary Parasitology
  • Screening of clinical samples received from Veterinary Hospitals and Veterinary University and Training Centres for parasite
  • To advise farmers on the importance of parasitic infections and the methods to be adopted for effective control of the same
  • To offer continuing professional developmental programmes and training to veterinarians in parasitological techniques and issues.


The Department of Veterinary Parasitology is fully equipped with following equipments and infrastructure as per the norms prescribed by of Veterinary Council of India (VCI) to cater the needs of Undergraduate education in Veterinary Parasitology.

The follwing equipments for the tune of Rs. 35 lakhs were equipped in the Veterinary Parasitology Laboratory:

  • Autoclave (Technico Make, Chennai)
  • Hot-air oven (Technico Make, Chennai)
  • Incubator (Technico Make, Chennai)
  • Refrigerator (L.G)
  • Student's Monocular Compound Microscope (Weswox, Olympus- Magnus, Lynx Lawrence & Mayo & Hans Lab Make)
  • Binocular microscopes (for HP & Oil immersion – NIKON E100 LED, Japan)
  • ALL-IN ONE Microscope [Phase contrast Microscope with Bright Field, Dark filed, Epiflourescent assembly, Photomicrography and Projection attachment (PC, LED TV & LCD projector) - NIKON Ci-L, Japan)
  • Table top centrifuge – (REMI R4C DLX) • Microhaematocrit centrifuge (REMI R12 C)
  • Warming Blender (Preethi)
  • Stage and ocular micrometer (Erma)
  • Sterilizer unit – (Technico)
  • Distillation set (Metal distillatory) (Guna)
  • Single distillation Unit with RO Water Purifier
  • Single distillation Unit (BOROSIL)
  • All quartz double distillation unit (BOROSIL)
  • Eye-piece for double demonstration (Weswox)
  • Eye-piece comparison for camera Lucida drawing (Science House)
  • Hair hygrometer (Science House)
  • Vernier caliper (Science House)
  • Slide cabinet (Science House)
  • Slide boxes (Tarson)
  • Desiccators (Science House)
  • Water bath (Technico)
  • Total counter (Science House)
  • Table counter (Science House)
  • Dissection set (Science House)
  • Dissection microscope (Weswox)
  • Hot plate with magnetic stirrer (Tarson)
  • Spinix – Vortex mixer (Tarson)
  • Revolving Stools for students (Universal Technologies)
  • Mini-Steam Steriliser (Prestige)
  • Induction stove (Prestige)
  • LPG Stove (Butter fly) with Cylinder
  • McMaster's Egg Counting Chamber (Hawsely, London, UK)
  • Live parasite display box with stand (Universal Technologies)
  • Museum Racks with in-built light and sliding glass door (Universal Technologies)
  • Modular Lab Work table with in-built LED lighting facility for microscope viewing
  • Student's Microscopic Viewer

Department of Veterinary Parasitology at Academic Block VI (North Wing).



  • An exclusive Museum for Parasites was created for worth of Rs. 10 lakhs comprising 15 Museum Racks with modern lighting facility containing more than 350 specimens.
  • Museum with 19 Lifecycle models, 24 blow up charts & Reference Charts for students, leading Scientist / Parasitologist photographs
  • More than 400 permanent mounted Microscopic slides/ catalogue were prepared with Trematodes, Cestodes, Nematodes, Insects, Arachinids, Protozoan parasites of veterinary importance, Zoonotic and Medically important human parasites


A well established Helminthology Laboratory with microscopic facilities are available to carry out common Helminthological diagnostic services like Faecal examination, Egg counting techniques, Faecal culture, Helminths Species identification and documentation, Special staining technique, Anthelmintic efficacy test, Anthelmintic Resistance Detection Assays, immunodiagnosis of metacestode infection like Hydatidosis, Cysticercosis etc.


A complete laboratory facilities with various on farm and off farm insects collecting equipments, preservation and documentation facilities, Dissection Microscope with latest dissecting equipments, Stereozoom microscope with camera, ALL-IN ONE Microscope containing Phase contrast Microscope with Bright Field, Dark filed, Epiflourescent assembly, Photomicrography and Projection attachment (PC, LED TV & LCD projector), are available. Entomological diagnostic services like Insect identification, Larva/Maggot identification, Skin scraping examination, Artificial fly rearing, Tick colony maintenance, in-vitro evaluation of various insecticides and acaricides for its efficacy and resistance etc., are being routinely carried out.

Protozoan disease diagnostic facilities like Faecal examination for protozoa, Blood smear examination for haemoprotozoan diseases, Rapid Special staining technique like Acridine Orange (AO) staining for haemoprotozoan/rickettsial infection, Modified Acid Fast staining for Cryptosporidial diagnosis, PM examination of chicken entrails and coccidial species identification, Coccidial lesion scoring technique, Litter oocyst counting technique and forecasting, Evaluation of phytochemicals for anticoccidials, Anticoccidial efficacy test, Anticoccidial resistance studies are being carried out routinely at the laboratory.



A gallery type Lecture hall of capacity to occupy 80 students with smart class (DIGISCHOOL) facility with short thro LCD projector on a touch screen board, Computer system with 5 in 1 speakers, True online UPS, Podium with in-built mike and speakers and ordinary classical chalk and black board teaching facilities, are being maintained by this department exclusively for second year students.


Undergraduate courses

This department is offering following courses for undergraduate students

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

Reference Charts / Blowups

  • Reference charts have been prepared for the course General Parasitology and Helminthology, Veterinary Entomology & Acarology and Veterinary protozoology.
  • Fifty blow up charts depicting the parasite morphology, lifecycle and lesions etc., were prepared

Computer aided teaching

Computer aided teaching is imparted to undergraduate students for teaching Veterinary Helminthology, Veterinary Entomology and Acarology and Veterinary Protozoology. 3 CD ROM's were prepared for each subject comprising parasite photos, lesion, Lifecycle stages etc.

Most modern method for display of parasites

The most modern method is being adopted for display of common parasites, its lesions, drugs, blowups, models which attracts the dignitaries, our students, school children's, farmers, trainees etc.


Current Focus

  • Anthelmintic resistance detection assays
  • Phytochemicals for anthelmintic resistant nematodes of small ruminants
  • Herbal anticoccidial for control of chicken coccidiosis

Extension / Outreach

  • Routine screening of various clinical samples for diagnosis of parasitic diseases to effect control and prevention.
  • Farmers are routinely advised on deworming and strategic use of anthelmintics.
  • Participating in disease investigation work 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.
  • Preparation of pamphlets in English and Tamil on parasitic diseases, diagnosis and control including zoonotically important diseases of human
  • Writing books and popular articles in English and Tamil on parasitic diseases Offering outreach programmes on diagnosis and control of parasitic diseases through TV and All India radio
  • Training the field veterinarians, livestock inspectors and lab technicians


  • Dr. T.Anna, Professor and Head |
  • Dr. K.Dhandapani, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. K.Sumathi, Assistant Professor


The Professor and Head

Department of Veterinary Parasitology

Veterinary College and Research Institute

Ramayanpatti, Tirunelveli - 627 358.

Email: | Telephone : +91-462 - 2336345