Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli was established as a third constituent college of TANUVAS through the Tamil Nadu government G.O. Ms. No. 93, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (AH-6) Department dated 24/08/2011. Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University started establishing the Veterinary College and Research Institute with full facilities for Veterinary Education, Research and Extension activities at Ramayanpatti in Tirunelveli, with a total area of 139.21 acres of land and with an initial budget of Rs. 12.59 crores (G.O. No. 93, dated 24/08/2011)tocater to the needs of the southern drought prone district farmers, who mainly depend on dairy, sheep and goat rearing for their daily livelihood and to augment the livestock production activities especially the small ruminant production in the southern districts. Subsequently a comprehensive G.O. sanctioning teaching and non-teaching posts and budgetary provision for civil works and equipment and other infrastructure for the years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 has been issued (G.O.Ms.No. 222 dated 20.12.2012).

Inauguration of the college

  • The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi.J.Jayalalithaa inaugurated the Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli by Video Conferencing on 09.10.2012.

Post sanctioned

  • The Government of Tamil Nadu has sanctioned 80 teaching staff posts and 80 non-teaching staff posts for the effective functioning of the college.

Start of UG departments

  • To start the B.V.Sc. & A.H degree programme seven departments viz., Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition, Livestock Production and Management, Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex and Instructional Livestock Farm complex were established in the year 2012.
  • Subsequently in the same year, second year Departments viz. Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Parasitology were also established. During the year 2012-13, third year Departments viz., Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Public Health, Livestock Products Technology and Animal Husbandry Extension have also been established.
  • So far, fourteen Departments have been created.

Establishment of ILFC

  • Establishment of a separate Instructional Livestock Farm Complex (ILFC) has been initiated at Ramayanpatti campus and the existing District Livestock Farm at Abhisekapatti is also being utilized for UG teaching. The available strength of different livestock species includes cattle (101) sheep (623), goat (41), piggery (83), poultry (1116) and horse (1).

Establishment of TVCC

  • The establishment of Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC) has been initiated and four clinical faculty members have been posted for effective functioning of TVCC at Sripuram campus. The facilities available at the Veterinary Polyclinic in Sripuram, are also utilized. Clinical cases are attended regularly on all working days from 9.15 am till 5.00 pm. Further an Ambulatory Veterinary Unit has been created to provide health care and mobile veterinary centers have been created in two selected villages viz., SokkathanThoppu and Thenpathu. The ambulatory clinic functions on all working days from 9.15 am to 12.45 pm.

Veterinary Council of India (VCI) team visit

  • A team of experts constituted by the Veterinary Council of India (VCI), New Delhi, inspected the facilities available in the college from 25.06.2012 to 27.06.2012 and the necessary approval was accorded to start first year B.V.Sc. & AH courses. Subsequently, the second year facilities were inspected by the VCI team, between 27.05.2013 and 29.05.2013 and necessary approval was accorded for the second year admission also.

Under Graduate admission

  • After getting the VCI approval in 2012, 40 students are being admitted every year forB.V.Sc. & A.H. curriculum from the academic year 2012-13.

Provision of hostel facilities

  • Separate hostel facilities have been created for boys and girls. Student's mess facility has been created in the hostel from the inception onwards to provide healthy food at reasonable cost. One warden and three deputy wardens (including one lady deputy warden) have been appointed to monitor the hostel activities.
The college was formally inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Selvi. J.Jayalalithaa on 09/10/2012 through video-conferencing from Chennai. The annual intake of the college is 40 students for the undergraduate degree programme of B.V.Sc. & A.H.
The Minister for Animal Husbandry, Tamil Nadu Thiru.T.K.M.Chinnayya visited the campus and reviewed the ongoing activities on 15/12/2012 along with the Commissioner of Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The second team of experts from VCI, New Delhi Inspected the college for offering B.V.SC & AH Course from 27.05.2013 and 29.05.2013
At present the college is functioning at three campuses as listed below:
Sripuram campus in the Tirunelveli city is functioning with the Office of the Dean, Library and departments viz., Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Physiology & Biochemistry, Animal Nutrition and Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex. Abhisekapatti campus, about 5 km from the Tirunelveli city on Tenkasi road is having two departments viz., Animal Genetics & Breeding and Livestock Production & Management and separate hostel facilities for boys and girls are also located in this campus.
Ramayanpatti campus, is about 5 km from the Tirunelveli city in Sankarankoil road and has the Instructional Livestock Farm Complex.