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 206.96 acres.

The Government of Tamil Nadu 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. A comprehensive government order sanctioning man power, civil works and equipments for the year 2012-13,2013-14 and 2014-15 has been issued [G.O.(Ms.)No.223 dated 20.12.2012] giving full functional status to the college as per VCI norms.

Inauguration of the College

Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu SelviJ.Jayalalitha formally inaugurated the college on 09.10.2012 through video conferencing.

Inauguration of the college by honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi.J.Jayalalitha on 09.10.2012

Inauguration of Ambulatory Veterinary Clinic

Ambulatory Veterinary clinics were opened by the Honourable Minister for Housing and Urban Development Thiru.R.Vaithilingam at two villages Kannathangudi Melaiyur and Telungankudikadu for exposing the undergraduates in rural veterinary clinical services as well as providing treatment facilities in the nearby villages.

Inauguration of Ambulatory Clinic by the Honourable Minister for Housing and Urban Development Thiru.R.Vaithilingam

Functioning of the college

To start the B.V.Sc&A.H degree programme initially seven departments viz., Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Animal Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Livestock Production and Management ,Instructional Livestock Farm Complex and Teaching Veterinary Clinical 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.
Subsequently the second year departments, viz., Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology and Veterinary Pathology were also established. During the year 2013-14 third year departments, viz., Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Public health, Livestock Products Technology and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension have also been established. During 2014-15, the three clinical departments, viz., Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Veterinary Surgery and Radiology and Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics have been established.
As on date, seventeen departments have been established in this college.

Lecture halls and examination hall

A total of 5 lecture halls are available for the students with multimedia projectors and net connection for the students. A separate examination hall is available for conducting exams

Hostel facilities

Separate hostel facilities have been created for boys and girls. Students mess facility has been created in the hostel from the inception to provide healthy food at reasonable cost and RO drinking water. One warden and three deputy wardens (One lady deputy warden) have been appointed to monitor the hostel activities. Facilities have been provided for indoor and outdoor games, computer centre with Wi-Fi connectivity, reading room, TV hall, washing machine and water heater for the benefit of hostel inmates.

Computer centre

A computer centre has been established to provide internet services for the benefit of students and staff. Computers in various departments are connected with LAN. Students are given free hands on training in Computer Applications.


The College Library was established from the inception of the college. Books pertaining to UG curriculum are available in the library. Journals, Magazines and newspapers are available in the library. Facilities such as photo copying and internet browsing are available for student's use.

Student activities

National Service Scheme (NSS) unit is functioning at VCRI, Orathanadu since October 2014. Fifty volunteers were selected from II and III B.V.Sc under -graduates for the unit of VCRI, Orathanadu. Red Ribbon Club was inaugurated at VCRI, Orathanadu on 07.10.2014.

Building infrastructure


Research Projects


Dr.K.N. Selvakumar, PhD,
Veterinary College and Research Institute,
Orathanadu, Thanjavur-614 625.