In order to augment the human resources and for the betterment of poultry farmers, a second veterinary college at Namakkal was started on 14.06.1985 as a constituent college of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. It later became a constituent unit of India's first veterinary varsity, the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University on 20.09.1989. For the initial five years (1985-1990), the college utilized the class rooms of Government Higher Secondary School, Namakkal with the staff strength of Dean, 2 Associate Professors, 16 Assistant Professors and 16 supporting staff. At present, 27 departments with 102 teaching and 154 non-teaching staff are working in this college out of the sanctioned strength of 112 and 165 respectively.
On 10.05.1990, the college moved to its own premises, an extensive and scenic campus of 500.18 acres at Ladduvadi village, seven k.m. south to Namakkal town on the way to Mohanur with one Academic block and Multipurpose building. Now, the college campus is having three academic blocks, one clinical block, meat science and quality control laboratory, one administrative block, library with computer centre, physical education complex, staff and students cafeteria, students co-operative stores, staff quarters, vehicle shed, livestock and poultry farm complex, Animal Feed Analysis and Quality Assurance Laboratory (AFAQAL) and hostel buildings.
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal has been accredited by the ICAR, New Delhi in the year 2001. The "Udyog Excellence Award" to the institution was awarded for the outstanding achievement through economic and social development, by the International Institute of Education and Management, New Delhi. ICAR and TANUVAS best teachers' awards were awarded for the staff members of this institute. ISO 9001: 2000 certification was awarded to this institute from the year 2004- 2006.
Silver jubilee year of the institute was celebrated during 2009-10. As part of silver jubilee celebrations 17 events like national and international seminars, symposium, conferences, workshop, trainings, exhibitions etc., were conducted to enlighten the growth of this institute. Silver jubilee memorial pillar was erected and the foundation stone was laid for silver jubilee memorial building.