With a view to give a new impetus to livestock sector and to improve the livelihood of farmers belonging to Cauvery delta region, Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced establishment of a new Veterinary College and Research Institute at Orathanadu, Thanjavur district under Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai. This college is located at Orathanadu, 25 km from Thanjavur on the way to Pattukottai. The total area of the campus is 177.9 acres.
The Government of Tamilnadu had issued orders for the establishment of a new Veterinary College and Research Institute at Orathanadu, Thanjavur as per the G.O. Ms. No. 134, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (AH-6) Department dated 09/11/2011.Thanjavur district. To start the B.V.Sc & A.H degree programme initially six departments viz., Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Animal Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Livestock Production and Management and Instructional Livestock Farm Complex have been established fully with required manpower, equipments and floor space as per norms of Veterinary Council of India (VCI). A total of 40 students have been admitted and the classes have been handled from 20.09.2012.
Thanjavur district is the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. The Big Temple and the other famous temples of the district are known all over the world. Thanjavur was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola King, who made it as their capital. Thereafter, it was ruled by Nayaks and Maratta Kings, who nurtured art and culture. The cultural, the architectural and the scholarly pursuits of these are reflected in the great monuments like Grand Anaicut, Big Temple and Serfoji Mahal Library etc. in the district.