MADRAS VETERINARY COLLEGE

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL NUTRITION

Department of Animal Nutrition is one of the oldest department in Madras Veterinary College. It was organized as a separate unit in 1950 and recognized as regional center for postgraduate education as early as in 1958. In 1960 it was recognized for carrying out Ph.D., programs. So far around 125 post graduate theses and PhD theses have been generated in this department. The department established good infrastructure facilities as early as in 1980 to conduct advance research in mineral nutrition and radio isotope-oriented research. Graduates of this department are spread all over India and have also established themselves in foreign countries such as USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand occupying coveted positions. The department was headed by stalwarts from the time of its inception.

Education

The department offers various undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral courses.

Under-Graduation

  • ANN 111 Principles of Animal Nutrition and feed Technology 2+1
  • ANN 121 Applied Nutrition I 2+1
  • ANN 211 Applied Nutrition II 2+1

Post-Graduation

  • ANN 601 Animal nutrition – energy and protein 3+0
  • ANN 602 Animal nutrition – minerals, vitamins and feed additives 3+1
  • ANN 603 Feed technology 1+1
  • ANN 604 Feed conservation, storage and quality control 2+2
  • ANN 605 Ruminant nutrition 2+1
  • ANN 606 Non-ruminant nutrition 1+1
  • ANN 607 Nutrition of companion/laboratory , wild and zoo animals 2+1
  • ANN 608 Research techniques in animal nutrition 1+3
  • ANN 609 Non-conventional feed stuff and toxic constituents/antimetabolites in animal feedstuff 2+1
  • ANN 691 Master's seminar 1+0
  • ANN 699 Master's research 20

Ph.D

  • ANN801 Modern concepts of feeding ruminants and forage utilization 3+0
  • ANN 802 Modern concepts of feeding monogastric animals 2+0
  • ANN 803 Nutrition and rumen fermentation 1+1
  • ANN 804 Advances in micronutrients 1+0
  • ANN 805 Advanced techniques in nutrition and Research 1+2
  • ANN 806 Advances in feed technology 1+1
  • ANN 807 Clinical nutrition 1+1
  • ANN 808 Nutrient and drug interaction 2+0
  • ANN 809 New feed resources and toxicants in Animal feeding 2+0
  • ANN 891 Doctoral seminar I 1+0
  • ANN 892 Doctoral seminar II 1+0
  • ANN 899 Doctoral research 45

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Research

Department of Animal Nutrition has a rich history of having implemented research projects funded by diversified funding agencies. The trend continues even to this day.


Ongoing Projects

S. No Title of the scheme Source of funding Duration Budget
1.
ICAR Outreach/Network scheme on “Estimation of methane emission under different feeding systems and development of mitigation strategies” Indian Council of Agricultural Research 5 years 71.8 lakhs
2.
ICAR Network Programme on “Improvement of feed resources and nutrient utilization in raising animal production” Indian Council of Agricultural Research 5 years 68.93 lakhs
3.
Radio Isotope and Trace mineral laboratory Plan Scheme
Tamilnadu Government
Annually continued 13.71 lakh per annum
4.
Enhancing utilization of nutrients in feed / fodder through TANUVAS - GRAND Supplement – A Pilot Project Tamilnadu Government 1 year 10.0 lakhs
5.
The effect of TANUVAS GRAND supplement in augmenting milk production and preventing metabolic disorder in cattle Commonwealth of learning Four months (2012-2013) 13,770 CAD
6.
Self financing scheme on “Nutritional Novelties” Revolving fund Continued 3.5 lakhs
7.
Self Financing Scheme on “Quality Control Laboratory”. Revolving fund Continued 1 lakh

Completed Projects

S. No. Title of project Duration Total cost Funding Agency
From To
1.
All India co-ordinated research project on determination of the availability of animal feed resources and their utilization with special emphasis on crop residues, by-products of industries, forests, aquatic and slaughter house in origin and animal organic waste for evolving economic rations of livestock and poultry
1987
1992
90 lakhs
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
2.
Study of tree fodder resources in Tamil Nadu.    
1992
1993
2,47,351
Krishnamoorthy International Agriculture Development Foundation
3.
Network programme on micronutrients in animal nutrition and production. Funded by Indian council of agricultural research, INDIA
1994
2003
1,04,61,000
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
4.
Post Qualification education in veterinary and animal sciences in India. (page x-xi)
2002
2005
10,00,000
Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
5.
ICAR AICRP on “Improvement of feed resources and nutrient utilization in raising animal production”
2003
2013
1,59,61,000
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
6.
Nutritive value of sugarcane tops and its effects on reproductive performance in cattle.
2003
2007
7,04,000
NABARD
7.
Optimizing supplemental nutrition for range grazed sheep in tamilnadu
2004
2008
19.64 lakhs
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
8.
GOI DBT scheme on “Evolving substrate specific customized fibrolytic enzyme mixture for enhancing nutrient utilization from fibrous / NSP rich feed ingredients / crop residue”
2006
2010
49.32 lakhs
Government of India, Department of Bio Technology
9.
TNSCST Project on “Use of herbal extracts to inhibit methanogenesis in ruminants”.
2009
2011
1,47,400/-
Tamil Nadu state council for science and Technology
10.
NADP Project on “Validating the research on mineral map of Tamil Nadu”.
2010
2011
20.72 lakhs
Government of Tamil nadu

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Thrust Areas

The thrust areas of the department are as follows

  • Mineral Nutrition
  • Ruminant nutrition
  • Feed enzymes
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • In ovo nutrition

Facilities Available

The department has a lecture hall with seating capacity of 70 and seminar hall equipped with audio visual aids. The department library has more than 200 books in nutrition and its allied subjects.

The department has a well-equipped under graduate (175 m2), post graduate (57 m2) and quality control (175 m2) laboratories. Basic and advanced instrumentation are available in the laboratories for carrying out various analyses. The following are the equipment's available in the department

Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
Gas liquid chromatography
UV spectrophotometer
Fibretec
Soxtec
Kjeltec
RUSITEC
Equipment for gas production studies
Refrigerated centrifuge
Lyophiliser
Equipment's needed for proximate analysis
Micro plate reader
Semi auto analyser
Triple glass distilled water unit
Electronic weighing balance

The department also has facilities for conducting biological trials which include

  • Poultry cages (broiler)
  • Metabolic crates (small ruminants)

Salient Achievements

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Special Programmes Organised by the Department

  • The department has organised national level conferences and summer school. Guest lectures for field Veterinarians on the role of nutrition in livestock health and reproduction are periodically given. The Quality control laboratory analyses feed samples sent by various governmental and private agencies for proximate principles and mineral profile. Farmers meets have been organized to popularize salient techniques evolved in the department. Some of the notable events organized by the department include
  • ICAR funded summer school recent advances in the use of feed additives for production of Livestock / Poultry products. At Department of Animal Nutrition, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-7. From 17.08.2006 to 06.09.2006.
  • Workshop on Improvement of Animal feed resources and nutrient utilisation in raising animal production held at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-7. From 11.09.2009 to 12.09.2009.
  • Workshop on TANUVAS SMART mineral mixture, Ensiling and enriching sugarcane tops held at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-7 on 20.02.2010.
    Workshop on strategies for cost reduction in dairy cattle feeding held at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-7. On 8.03.2011

Faculty

Dr. V.Balakrishnan, Professor and Head | drbalakrishnanphd@yahoo.co.in | Mobile: 91 44 26150122
Dr. K.Viswanathan, Professor | guruviswam@gmail.com | Mobile: 9894234290
Dr. R.Karunakaran, Professor | drrkarunakaranphd@yahoo.com | Mobile: 9445339057
Dr. C.Valli, Professor | valliviba@yahoo.co.in | Mobile: 9840671046
Dr. A.Bharathidhasan, Assistant Professor | bharathidhasana@tanuvas.org.in | Mobile: 9841092427
Dr. J. Ramesh, Assistant Professor | rameshnutrition@tanuvas.org.in | Mobile: 98949 53488
Dr. R.Balamurugan, Assistant Professor | nutritionbalu@gmail.com | Mobile: 7401079209