The Department of Veterinary Public Health ad Epidemiology was created in 1984 and reorganized as per VCI guidelines in 1998. The mandate of the Department 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 bacterial and parasitic zoonoses and has conducted studies on patterns, molecular diagnostic of emerging zoonoses, human brucellosis, cysticercosis, sarcocystosis that are posing major human health hazards in the region.
The department has well established residue analysis laboratory especially for pesticides, heavy and toxic metals and has undertaken studies in various foods of animal origin such as milk, milk products, meat, meat products, feed, human milk & adipose tissues etc. The department is also engaged in research on molecular aspects including molecular diagnostics of foodborne pathogens, and toxins. Moreover, routine testing of food samples and water for its potability is also undertaken by the department.
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. Presently, the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology is a unit of recently created School of Public Health and Zoonoses.