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University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

The university consists of seven academic faculties. About 1800 undergraduates enter the university annually, to make up an undergraduate student population of 6600, and the total number of postgraduate students registered is over 1200. Out of the total undergraduate student population, about 5100 are provided accommodation on and around campus.
It is located on a site of great natural beauty, just 8km from the city of Kandy - the historic capital of last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka, and 100km from Colombo, the current capital of the country. The university covers about 700 hectares of land located on the flood plain of Mahaweli river as well as on the lower slopes of the Hantana range. The developed area, known as the University Park, is about 150 hectares while the rest of the land remains afforested.
The University of Peradeniya is the heir to the oldest university tradition in Sri Lanka as the successor to the University of Ceylon, the first institution of its kind in the country. Its founding on July 1, 1942 as an autonomous corporation was the fulfillment of hopes and expectations of many who had been campaigning for a university in this country.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (FVMAS) is the only institution responsible for veterinary education in Sri Lanka and is committed to producing graduates and postgraduates of high standard while contributing to the current national needs of Sri Lanka. On behalf of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, I wish to introduce some of the activities that are currently being undertaken by us.
We offer Bachelor of Veterinary Science course, which is of four-year duration. This study programme contains areas of current demand in addition to the conventional areas such as animal health care and zoonoses. The new additions include fish biology health, wildlife biology and conservation, food quality assurance, information technology, communications, different aspects of management and economics.
To meet the academic demands of veterinary graduates, three postgraduate programmes based on course work were initiated in early 2006. This MVSc programme offers specialization in diagnostic veterinary medicine, veterinary public health and poultry health and management, which operates on two-year cycles. Each of these programmes is equivalent to two years of full-time study. The first year is comprised of lectures, practicals, field visits and assignments while the second year is devoted to a research project.
In addition to the postgraduate degrees based on course work, the facilities are offered for research degrees at MPhil and PhD levels. The well-equipped laboratories are managed by able senior staff who are ever-willing to assist graduates of high standards. Basic and variety of applied research can be conducted using the facilities at all four Departments of the Faculty.
Currently the research programmes of the FVMAS are sponsored by University grants as well as by several local agencies including National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CARP) & National Research Council (NRC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) while International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Bank (WB) are the major overseas donor. The academic and research links of the Faculty extends to University of Davis- California, University of Calgary-Canada, University of Utrecht- Netherlands, Hokkaido University & University of Tokyo- Japan.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science is progressively updating our education and research programmes to meet the demands of the industry within Sri Lanka and the region. We do anticipate feed back from all our friends and hence do contact the Faculty, with ideas and constructive criticism.
The vision of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science is to be the leading national centre of teaching, learning, research and outreach activities in veterinary science and animal production with international recognition
To impart a sound knowledge of veterinary medicine and animal production techniques to students in order to produce competent veterinarians and scientists of high calibre who would always strive to increase the productivity in livestock and also to improve the quality of life and welfare of farm, companion, aquatic, captive, wild and other animals by relief of suffering through healing and prevention of diseases. The mission also includes provision of i) training required to protect the community from zoonotic diseases, ii) facilities for continuous improvement of professional skills and knowledge, iii) research studies leading to higher degrees and iv) participation in policy formulations, planning and plan implementation on productivity, health and welfare of animals at regional and national levels in order to secure a high standard of living for the community
The Department of Veterinary Science was established in Colombo at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ceylon in 1947. At the inception of this course the relevant departments of the Faculty of Medicine, namely Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Pathology co-operated in the teaching programmes.
In 1954, this department was shifted to Peradeniya and incorporated into the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science of the University of Ceylon. However the preclinical courses continued to be taught in Colombo until 1966.
In 1973 the Department of Veterinary Science was upgraded to a School of Veterinary Science within a Faculty of Medical, Dental and Veterinary Sciences of the Peradeniya Campus of University of Sri Lanka. The School consisted of three departments viz. Departments of Veterinary Preclinical, Paraclinical and Clinical Studies. The Department of Animal Science had the unique status of serving the School of Veterinary Science as well as the Faculty of Agriculture.
In early 1980, the BVSc training programme received full faculty status with four departments viz. Departments of Veterinary Preclinical, Paraclinical, Clinical Studies and Animal Science and the Faculty was designated as the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (FVMAS). This Faculty was officially opened on 27 March 1980 with Professor S.T. Fernando as its first Dean. As an interim measure, instead of forming the fourth department, the FVMAS continued to use the services of the Department of Animal Science of the Faculty of Agriculture to teach the course in animal production. In July 2000, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science was restructured with renaming of the departments and concurrent commencement of the fourth department. At present the FVMAS consists of 4 departments, namely the Departments of Basic Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery and Farm Animal Health and Production.
In the early years of veterinary education in Sri Lanka, the curriculum of BVSc training programme was similar to that followed by the Royal Veterinary College in London with the course also emphasizing certain subject areas which were irrelevant to veterinary practice in this country. However, with the passage of time, the curriculum was modified largely on ad hoc basis, but a major revision was launched in 1991. The curriculum adapted in 1991 was revised again in July 2000 to make the BVSc course more relevant to meet the demands of the veterinary profession in the next decade or two. In the revised curriculum, the conventional subject matter in the BVSc training programme has been retained and made more relevant, greater integration of courses in animal health and production sciences have been emphasized, and new course materials have been introduced to broad base the training programme as applicable to the veterinary profession.

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