In the year 1969, at the time of inception of the college of Veterinary Science at Ludhiana, the discipline of Veterinary Medicine existed as a constituent of the Department of Pharmacology and Clinics. Later, in 1975, it became independent department with Dr S.K. Misra, an eminent Veterinarian, first Head of the Department. The department is considered one of the best Veterinary Medicine departments in the country. The scientists have standardized various advanced specialized procedures for diagnosis and confirmation of animal diseases. The specialized services include Endoscopy, Ophthalmology, Otoscopy and Cardiology, Udder and Hoof care units. The faculty members handle approximately 18000 animal cases of large and small animals annually at university clinics.
The department is also actively engaged in the teaching, research and extension activities. The department has well equipped UG laboratories, conference room, postgraduate room with modern multimedia facilities and well equipped research laboratories on minerals, mastitis, biochemistry and preventive medicine. The department is currently taking up research issues pertaining to internal diseases of dairy animals, mineral profiling and nutritional deficiency diseases, cattle lameness, mastitis control and molecular epidemiology of infectious agents.