Mission and Introduction - About the CCL

The centralised clinical laboratory, a unit of the Madras Veterinary College provides state of the art clinical diagnosis while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for our undergraduate and post graduate students of TANUVAS.

The current unit was opened in 01/04/1993 under directorate of clinics and formerly referred as Clinical Pathology since 1971 strives to meet the exacting demands of advancing veterinary clinical practice where the clinician is often made to rely completely on laboratory profiles mainly to confirm his diagnosis, with the emergence of new systematic disorders and infectious diseases. The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art, modern equipment, a highly trained technical staff and faculty veterinarians.

Profiles are designed to evaluate the status and function of the internal organs through Haematology, Serum Biochemistry, Urinalysis, Cytology, Dermatological and Carpological examinations. Clinical microbiological screening of the clinical samples for diagnosing infectious agents and its antibiogram are routinely carried out.

In the process of development, the CCL is now equipped with Auto haemo analyzer for complete haematology, fully automated and Semi auto analyzer for clinical biochemistry and Uriscan machine for urinalysis, sophisticated microscope attached with CC TV monitor and high megapixel camera, PCR machine, etc for effective and rapid screening of clinical samples.


We aim to deliver high quality clinical and research laboratory services. We support our hospital's veterinarians as well as veterinarians of other units of TANUVAS. Our testing and receiving services are also available to all veterinarians of TANUVAS. We also perform testing for researchers working on special projects and studies, and can work with individuals to tailor specific testing as needed.

Our testing services are comprehensive and accurate. Our faculty group of veterinary specialists includes specialists in Clinical Pathology and Microbiology. Tests are carried out by qualified and trained veterinary professional staff provides essential, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing with expertise using specialized equipment and standard operating procedures.

Accurate result reporting with a rapid turnaround time is important to our laboratory which helps in quality patient care. Laboratory test results help our veterinarians to maintain pet's health and, when pet is sick, quick laboratory diagnosis helps them to begin treatment. Early diagnosis helps assure that appropriate treatment takes place quickly.

Brief Technical Programme /Objectives

  • To carry out various Clinico–Pathological, Clinico–Parasitological, Clinico-Biochemical and Clinico-Microbiological tests on clinical samples
  • To teach undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • To guide post - graduate students
  • To impart training to technical personnel on clinico-pathological techniques
  • To conduct practical training to internship and externship students
  • To map the prevalence of parasitic diseases based on the data generated in the laboratory
  • To establish the molecular diagnosis methods for specific diseases


The Centralised Clinical Laboratory (CCL) is open from 8AM – 5PM Monday through Friday and on holidays (8AM to 11.30AM).

This laboratory is comprised of 7 smaller laboratory unit i) Clinical Haematology (Study of blood samples and its components) ii) Cytology (Study of cells mainly examining the body fluids such as exudates, transudates, pus and discharges) iii) Clinical biochemical profiling of serum iv) Clinical coprology (Examination of faeces) v) Clinical dermatology (Examination of skin scrapings) vi) Clinical urology (urinalysis) vii) Clinical microbiology (Culture, Isolation and identification of bacteria and fungi, Antibiogram etc.)

The CCL has three major functions. The laboratory is primarily a teaching/service laboratory, aiding in the teaching of Clinical Pathology to veterinary students. This is accomplished by providing laboratory results for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in patients admitted to the Veterinary clinical Complex (VCC) of Madras Veterinary College.


In the process of development the CCL is now equipped with certain state-of- the - art automations for effective and rapid screening of clinical samples. Besides this the CCL, caters to the need of PG research and trainings are offered to International Students which included Internees from Chittagong Government Veterinary College, Bangladesh and Students from Michigan State University USA The CCL is to be equipped for the conduct of advanced diagnostic procedures to widen the scope of clinical diagnosis and provide the perfect platform for the clinican to provide a comprehensive picture on the status of the animal patient to the owner concerned. To begin with Endocrinology and Serology are to be expeditiously introduced.

Biochemical Semi auto analyzer URISCAN Auto Haemo analyzer (Vet)
  • A training Program for Field Veterinarian in diagnostic laboratories, Practitioners and Veterinary graduates has also been designed and approved for conduct.
  • A certificate course for Veterinary Laboratory technicians has also been proposed.
  • With the introduction of automation in screening of clinical materials it is proposed to initiate a self-financing unit at CCL to generate the funds needed for the costly reagents and attain self-sufficiency in operations. At the moment the sample screening is done free of cost


Dr. S.Vairamuthu, Professor and Head |
Dr. N.R.Senthil, Assistant Professor |
Dr. S. Subapriya, Assistant Professor |

Supporting Staff

Mrs. P. Shanthi, Graduate technician
Mr. S. Ravikumar, Graduate technician

For further details, contact:

The Professor and Head
Centralised Clinical Laboratory
Directorate of Clinics, Madras Veterinary College,
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University,
Chennai – 600 007.
TELE : 044-25304000; 25385701 Extn: 2102
FAX : 044-25362787