The Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Nagercoil was started on 18-05-1981 and is functioning at 4-114, Parakkai - 629 601, Kanyakumari District.


  • To impart training on the felt need of the end users, practicing farmers and officers of the line department.
  • To act as a two way channel between University and the farmers, to identify the field based livestock and poultry problems and also to pass on the remedial measures.
  • To conduct on farm trials on the latest research findings of the University and field oriented problems specific to the area.
  • To ensure an immediate and thorough diagnosis of disease in the event of an outbreak with special emphasis on disease reporting system.
  • To motivate and encourage in establishing livestock and poultry farms for self employment by the local farmers.
  • To collaborate with state and central sponsored rural development programmes.
  • To develop and maintain data base on livestock / poultry in the area.
  • To carryout short term need based location specific projects.
  • To work for the upliftment of the SC/ST livestock farmers of this region

Major Activities


  • Advisory services on management, health coverage for profitable livestock and poultry farming.
  • Conducting on campus and off campus training programmes on Animal Husbandry practices viz., Dairy, Goat, Piggery, Poultry, Rabbit, Japanese, Quail, Turkey farming, Agro-forestry, Milk and milk products for the benefit of farmers, unemployed graduates, physically handicapped, self-employment beneficiaries of District Industries centre, Women members of self help groups, TANWA etc. and motivating them to venture into livestock farming.
  • Preparation of economically feasible project reports to enable them to avail bank finance. Educating the farmers by giving radio talks over A.I.R. and popular articles through press, magazines and pamphlets.
  • Participation in mass contact, Animal health camp and infertility camps.
  • Model fodder plot has been created in the campus and fodder slips are being sold to farmers to enable them to develop fodder plots in their own land.
  • Conducting exhibitions
  • Implementation of TANUVAS village adoption scheme in 5 villages.


A research sub-project on study on sub clinical mastitis in Kanyakumari district is in operation from 01-07-2003 onwards for a period of one year.

Seminars Conducted

  • A Regional seminar on poultry production, infertility in cattle, Rhinosporidiosis in animals and man was conducted on 02-03-1989 at Nagercoil.
  • A Seminar on Leptospirosis was conducted at Nagercoil on 26-10-1990.
  • A National seminar in Rhinosporidiosis was conducted at Nagercoil on 25-12-1990 involving medical and veterinary surgeons.
  • A seminar on Leptospirosis was conducted at Nagercoil on 31-08-1999 involving medical professionals and veterinarians.

Salient Research Findings

  • A high incidence of Rhinosporidiosis in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu is reported. Among the four taluks, highest occurrence was found in Agasteeswaram Taluk (51.2%) followed by Kalkulam (24.4%), Thovalai (22%) and Vilavancode (2.4%). Young adolescents were found to be more susceptible.
  • An invitro study revealed that among various various antibiotics used for bacterial diseases of poultry, Neomycin was found to be sensitive to maximum number of cases and there by proved its efficiency in controlling bacterial diseases of poultry.
  • Clinical signs of posterior paralysis was noticed among growing pigs between 6 to 8 months of age in two piggery units. When vitamin A supplements was given (cord liver oil) at the dose of 500 I.U per kg body weight per day for one month and thereafter to continue maintenance dose, the affected pigs recovered well and no further incidence occurred.
  • Out of the 500 sera samples collected from sheep and goat during 2000, 55 samples (11%) were positive for the presence of antibodies against Blue Tongue virus.
  • Among helminthic diseases in livestock in Kanyakumari district Amphistomiasis was higher.
  • The calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood serum of cross bred repeat breeding dairy cows in different areas of Kanyakumari district were assessed. No significant change in the level of calcium were observed, whereas a significant reduction in the level of phosphorus was noticed among repeat breeders.
  • Serum sample from 197 sheep and 479 goats were collected between April 1998 and March 2002 from different parts of Kanyakumari district. Positive titres of leptospiral antibodies were noticed in 6.6% of sheep sera samples and 7.3% goat sera samples. Antibodies to different serovars of leptospira were present in this animal population.


  • Dr. S.Malmarugan, Professor and Head
  • Dr. K.Selvarasu, Assistant Professor


Veterinary University Training & Research Centre,

No. 4-114, Parakkai (Post) Kanyakumari (District)

Nagercoil – 629 601.

Phone No : 0465-286843 | E-mail:

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