Veterinary Parasitology


Animal Husbandry and dairying activities play an important role in economy and socio-economical development of the country, particularly among the landless small and marginal farmers and women, besides providing cheap and nutritious food. The nature has endowned Jammu & Kashmir with rich resources of livestock and Poultry. One of the main constraints in the development of livestock industry is the parasitic infections, especially in sub-clinical form, which cause very huge economic losses without actually being noticed clearly. The economic losses are inflicted through mortality, morbidity, increased feed conversion ratio, reduced weight gain, decreased fertility, inefficiency of production and by way of costs incurred upon their treatment and control. The typical geoclimatic conditions of Kashmir valley provide congenial conditions for the growth and multiplication of different parasites in the livestock. In order to have a check on these parasitic diseases for reducing economic losses, there is a need to develop suitable diagnostic and effective control measures, besides educating people to adopt new scientific advances at field level for improvement of livestock and poultry productivity.

In order to fulfill these goals, Veterinary Parasitology was established under the Umbrella of Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry of erstwhile SKUAST in 1986. Veterinary Parasitology has remained an important Para-Clinical Division of Veterinary Sciences. The Division of Veterinary Parasitology has  sanctioned staff strength of one Professor, two Associate Professors and three Assistant Professors, besides one Stenographer; one ACT (Assistant cum Typist), two FCLAs (Field cum Laboratory Assistants), two Laboratory Attendants, one Animal Attendant and one Helper (Inducted as Laboratory Attendant). The Division was imparting Resident Instruction Programme only at undergraduate (B.V.Sc. & A.H) level till 2007 and latter on also started M.V.Sc. and Ph.D programmes from 2007 and 2015 onwards, respectively. The Division is also engaged with Research and Extension activities. The Division has sufficient laboratory infrastructure to undertake Teaching and Research activities, besides providing full support to the line Departments (Animal/Sheep & Wild life) of the UT regarding the diagnosis and control of Parasitic Diseases.