Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

The history of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University or TANUVAS goes back to 1876 when 
the Madras Veterinary College was started as an Agricultural School in Chennai to offer diploma and certificate course in the field of veterinary and animal sciences. In 1903 it attained the status of a college and based on the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Agriculture, the college was upgraded to impart degree in veterinary science. 

It was the first veterinary college in the country to be affiliated to a university, the University of Madras in 1935. The College started offering B.V.Sc. degree from 1936 and a Centre for Post Graduation Studies was opened soon in the college. In 1969, the college was made as the Directorate of Veterinary Education and Research and became a constituent unit of Tamilnadu Agricultural University in 1976. To meet the demand of veterinary education and research, a second veterinary college was started in Namakkal in the year 1985.

Realizing the importance of education research in animal and fisheries sciences so as to increase its productivity towards better income generation for the resource poor farmers, the government of Tamilnadu established the first veterinary and animal sciences university in Asia on 20th September 1989 with its head quarters at Chennai with the name Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (popularly abbreviated as TANUVAS). 

Two more veterinary colleges, one at Tirunelveli and another at Orathandu in Thanjavur district were started in the year 2012 - 13 and the Institute of Food and Dairy Technology, Koduvalli, Chennai in 1993. 


TANUVAS has the following six constituent colleges:


TANUVAS also has 11 Research Stations including Institute of Animal Nutrition and Central Feed Technology Unit, 17 Research Laboratories including Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals (TRPVB), Centre for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, 2 Ethno-Veterinary Herbal Training and Research Centres and one Veterinary University Training and Diagnostic Centre (VUTDC), 20 Veterinary University Training and Research Centres (VUTRC), 3 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), 3 Farmers’
Training Centres (FTC) and one Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) spread across the State to take care of research and extension needs of the livestock and poultry sectors.

Academic Programs of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

The University offers graduate and postgraduate studies in various specialty areas and equip them with the latest technologies in the respective fields. 

TANUVAS Bachelor Degree Programmes

BVSc & AH
5½ Years 

BTech (Food Technology)
4 years

BTech (Poultry Technology)
4 years

BTech (Dairy Technology)
4 years

TANUVAS B.Tech & B.V.Sc Admission 

TANUVAS offers B.Tech and B.V.Sc (AH) programs in various specializations. The candidates with a pass in 10 plus 2 and with minimum 60% aggregate marks in the relevant field are eligible to apply in any of the bachelor’s courses. Admission is offered on the basis of candidate’s performance in the qualifying examination followed counselling and document verification. 

TANUVAS Postgraduate Degree Programmes


Master of Veterinary Science - MVSc (2 Years) in 22 disciplines
Master of Technology (Food Technology) – MTech (FT) (2 years)
Master of Science - MSc (2 Years) in 2 disciplines (Bioinformatics and Biostatistics)
Master of Business Administration – MBA (2 Years) in Food and Livestock Business Management

Doctoral Degree Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Veterinary and Animal Sciences) (3 Years) in 20 disciplines
Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Food Technology) (3 Years)

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes

PG Diploma in Business Management (Animal & Fisheries Sciences)
PG Diploma in Bio-informatics
PG Diploma in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosis
PG Diploma in Companion Animal Practice

M.Phil. Programme

Master of Philosophy in Biotechnology - MPhil

Master of Business Administration 
MBA (Food and Livestock Business Management)

Outreach Centres of TANUVAS

TANUVAS has 20 outreach centres spread across various parts of Tamil Nadu with the objective to impart training to farmers and end users. It acts 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. It also collaborates with state and Central sponsored rural development programmes. For more information, click here


Tamilnadu Veterinary Animal Sciences University
Madhavaram Milk Colony,
Chennai - 600 051, Tamil Nadu, India 
Phone: +91-44-25551586/ 87, 25554555/ 56
Fax: +91-44-25551576/ 85

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