The Department of Veterinary Microbiology was established in the year 1974. The postgraduate programme was started in the year 1976 and Ph.D (by research) was initiated in the year 1980. Total 70 students have completed their M.V.Sc. degree. Four students have been awarded Ph.D (by research).

        The department of Veterinary Microbiology offers courses in veterinary bacteriology, veterinary virology, veterinary immunology and veterinary mycology. The department consists of well established laboratories, such as bacteriology laboratory, immunology laboratory, tissue culture laboratory and well equipped postgraduate laboratory and undergraduate laboratories. Animal Biotechnology Education and Research cell was established in the year 2008. The important contribution of this department is isolation and identification of bluetongue virus. The bluetongue disease (BT) outbreak was recorded in the  sheep population of Marathwada region in the year 1985. The causative virus was isolated and typed from South Africa, as BTV serotype 9 and 18.

This department is having well equipped Animal Cell Culture laboratory for virological work. The Animal Biotechnology Education and Reserach Cell is offering molecular characterisation of viruses prevailing in the region. Till date 9 sequences of  partial VP1 parovirus, 5 sequences of B2L gene of contageous ecthyama and 38 sequnces comprising of 3 complete rotavirus and 5 VP7 genes were submitted to NCBI.

    The Department offers diagnostic services to the field veterinarians and the farmers for the diagnosis of diseases. The scientist visit the reported outbreaks for collection of morbid specimens and provides rapid diagnosis for saving mortality in animals and further suggest suitable biosecurity measures and vaccination programmes. The department has successfuly diagnosed outbreaks of HS, BQ, Anthrax, PPR, FMD, Newcastle disease and many other infectious diseases.


Dr. P.R. Suryawanshi
M.V.Sc., Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor 


  1. Isolation of bluetongue virus and identification of serotype.
  2. Establishment of Animal Disease Research Centre for diagnosis of diseases.
  3. Research project on Brucellosis and reduction in incidence of Brucellosis on university farms.
  4. Brucella abortus biotype 6 was identified and confirmed.
  5. Establishment of laboratory for characterization of plasmid DNA and prokaryotic chromosomal DNA.
  6. Providing prompt diagnostic services which helps in control of outbreaks in animals and poultry.
  7. Organization of 6th Annual conference and symposium of Indian Association of Veterinary Microbiologist, Immunologist and Specialists in Infectious diseases 1985. 
  8. C. M. Singh award for the best research article.
  9.  Outstanding and meritorious Veterinary service award.
  10. Isolation of Listeria Spp. From milk and meat for the first time in Marathwada region.
  11. Actively participated in arranging VIBCON - 2017 | Recent Trends in Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology for Doubling Farmers’ Income through Livestock Health and Production | 5 to 7 December 2017

 Animal Biotechnology Education and Research Cell

Animal Biotechnology Education and Research Cell was established under Department of Veterinary Microbiology in the year 2008 to carry out research and to impart education in veterinary biotechnology. Four students have completed their M.V.Sc. degree programme in veterinary biotechnology. A separate laboratory with precious equipments has been established. 

Following equipments are available with the cell.

  1. Gel Doc system
  2.  Eppendorf Micropipette
  3. Eppendorf Mastercycler
  4.  Eppendorf Centrifuge & Fixed angle rotor 24x1.5 / 2ml
  5. Eppendorf Biophotometer
  6. Thermomixer
  7.  REMI Deep Freeze
  8.  Programmable Power Supply
  9.  Vertical Dual Mini Gel System
  10.  Midi Sub system
  11.  Platform Rocker II Two
  12.  Magnetic Stirrer
  13.  Vortex Mixer
  14.  Micro centrifuge
  15.  Water Bath
  16.  pH meter
  17.  Digital electrophoresis system
  18.  Nikon trinocular phase contrast microscope
  19. Refrigerated Centrifuge
  20.  BOD incubator
  21.  Bacteriological Incubator
  22. Hot air oven
  23.  Nikon Digital Camera Coolpic P5100 for Nikon TS100 Microscope
  24.  Vertical autoclave
  25.  Weighing balance
  26.  Micropipette, multichannel pipettes
  27. Orbital shaking incubator
  28.  Sarotrius analytical Balance      

Bioinformatics Resources available

Open source softwares for Bioinformatic analysis are available with the cell.

  1. MEGA-7  & UGENE an integrated environment for phylogenetic analysis
  2. BEAST-2 Software for Bayesian phylogenetics, phylodynamic analysis
  3. GELBOX Software for agarose electrophoresis simulation
  4. 4Peaks Software for DNA sequencing chromatogram analysis
  5. Chimera Software for 3D protein modelling and visualisation
  6. Python, Biopython, R, Julia Software frameworks for DATA analysis

Ongoing activities

  1. DBT STAR COLLEGE scheme component funded by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi for UG students 
  2. Establishment of diagnostic laboratory under RKVY strengthning of TVCC 
  3. Molecular characterisation and epidemiology of rotaviruses in human and animals
  4. Evaluation of bacteriophages against antibiotic resistant bacteria affecting livestock

Future Plans

  1. Development of Molecular diagnostic methodologies for infectious diseases important to the region
  2. Serosurveillance of major infectious diseases of the region
  3. Development of rapid point of care diagnostic tools
  4. Creation of training facility for field Veterinarians

Services provided

  1. Antibiotic Sensitivity Tests
  2. Disease diagnosis
  3. Brucella diagnosis