Staff Reporter

The Giriraja and Swarnadhara breed of birds were developed by the college

The staff and alumni are playing a major role in tackling communicable diseases

BANGALORE: The Veterinary College, Bangalore, is celebrating its golden jubilee year on September 20, said R.N. Sreenivasa Gowda, Vice-Chancellor, Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), Bidar, here today.

The college, which was inaugurated in July 1958 by then Chief Minister B.D. Jatti, was a constituent of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and in 2005, it became a part of the newly-created KVAFSU.

History

The Veterinary College has a hoary history; it played a pioneering role in retrieving famous native breeds of cattle of Karnataka, the Amrithmahal, the Hallikar, and the Bannur breed of sheep, from going extinct. It also was the leader in studies of crossbred livestock species, which have become the basis for the drafting of livestock breeding policies of the State, Prof. Sreenivasa Gowda said.

The Poultry Science Department developed broiler breeds like UBROI and UBRO II for cooking tandoori dishes. The credit for developing the Giriraja and Swarnadhara breed of birds, which mimic the native birds in plumage with better body weight, were also developed by the college.

Scheme

It implemented a scheme to study the relationship between soil, crop and animal, with World Bank assistance, and identified the deficiency of certain trace minerals as the cause of infertility in cattle. Detailed investigations on obscure diseases occurring in Malnad region, and studies to assess the medicinal values of cattle urine have been undertaken by the college. It also formulated the coconut milk extender to preserve bovine semen at room temperature.

Prof. Gowda said the college has produced 3,164 veterinary graduates, 980 postgraduates and 130 doctorates. Graduates and staff members of the college are playing a major role in the control of communicable diseases from animals to man, like rabies, tuberculosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis and tapeworm infections.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur, the Chancellor of the University, will inaugurate the year-long celebrations on September 20.

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