This department was created in 2000 and reorganized as per VCI guidelines. The mandate of the Department of Veterinary Public Health is teaching, research and extension in the field of zoonoses, environmental hygiene, food hygiene, food safety and quality control. The department is also working on fungal, bacterial and parasitic zoonoses and has conducted studies on patterns of emerging zoonoses, human brucellosis, cysticercosis, sarcocystosis, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, aeromonas infection etc. that are posing major human health hazards in the region.
The department has well established dermatophyte diagnosis laboratory both for human and animals and also the facilities for diagnosis of common bacterial zoonotic diseases.
The research carried out in the department is disseminated to users and farmers as a part of extension activity and recommendations made have yielded valuable results in the control of zoonotic diseases and betterment of human health.
Faculty MemberFaculty: Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
Head of the Department. : Dr. Chanchal Debnath
DR. CHANCHAL DEBNATH
Qualification : M.V.Sc & Ph. D.
Designation : Associate Professor
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone : 9477016880
DR. INDRANIL SAMANTA
Qualification : M.V.Sc & Ph. D.
Designation : Assistant Professor
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Phone : 9062818679
Undergraduate Programme Course No. Course Title Credit Hours VPE 311 Milk and Meat Hygiene, Food safety and Public Health 1+2 VPE 321 Veterinary Epidemiology and Zoonoses(2+1) 1+2 VPE 511 Environment and Environmental 1+2 Post-graduate programme Course No. Course Title Credit Hours VPH 601 ELEMENTS OF VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH 1+1 VPH 602 BACTERIAL AND RICKETTSIAL AGENTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2+1 VPH 603 VIRAL, FUNGAL AND PARASITIC AGENTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE 2+1 VPH 604 ZOONOSES AND PUBLIC HEALTH 2+1 VPH 605 PRINCIPLES OF FOOD HYGIENE AND SAFETY 2+1 VPH 606 FOOD-BORNE INFECTIONS AND INTOXICATIONS 2+1 VPH 607 MEAT AND MILK HYGIENE 2+1 VPH 608 ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND SAFETY 3+1 VPH 609 FISH, FISH PRODUCTS AND AFEFOOD HYGIENE 1+1 VPH 610 BIOTERRORISM AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT 1+1 VOG 691 MASTER’S SEMINAR 1+0 DM – 599 MASTER’S RESEARCH 20
* Compulsory for Master’s programme; ** Compulsory for Doctoral programme
Project Completed / ongoing
Ongoing Sl.No. Title Name of PI Period Funding Agency Budget (Rs. in lakhs) 1 Outreach Programme on Zoonotic Diseases (Dermatophytosis and Cryptococcosis in Animals and Their Public Health Importance). Dr. Chanchal Debnath 2009-2016 Outreach, ICAR 71.480
Project Research Findings Outreach Programme on Zoonotic Diseases (Dermatophytosis and Cryptococcosis in Animals and Their Public Health Importance). The collaborating centre in West Bengal is working on “Dermatophytosis and Cryptococcosis in animals and their public health importance”. After examining different species of animals and human, this center has isolated 7 species of dermatophytes- Microsporum canis, M. gypseum, M. nanum, Trichophyton verrucosum, T. mentagrophytes, T. rubrum, T. equinum. Different epidemiological data have been collected and analysed for all clinically suspected animals and human. A retrospective study was done to reveal the zoonotic potency of the isolated dermatophytes. Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gatti is isolated from different environmental samples specially pigeon droppings and excreta from other domestic and pet birds, and cloacal swabs. Cryptococcus sp. was isolated from HIV positive human patients and a retrospective study is ongoing. The center is presently working on Antifungal Sensitivity Testing of the isolated organisms and Molecular Identification techniques for rapid identification of the diseases.