(Formerly Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences)
Government of Puducherry Institution - Affiliated to Pondicherry University
NAAC "B+" Grade Accreditation | UGC 2(f) & 12(B) Status | +0413 2271671 | office@river.edu.in


(Formerly Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences)
Government of Puducherry Institution - Affiliated to Pondicherry University
NAAC "B+" Grade Accrediation | UGC 2(f) & 12(B) Status | +0413 2271671 | office@river.edu.in
Dr.S.Venkatesa Perumal, M.V.Sc.,Ph.D.
Professor & Head
Dr. P. Ponnuvel, M.V.Sc., Ph.D.
Dr. S. Venugopal, M.V.Sc., Ph.D

The Livestock Farm Complex located in the college is established in an area of about 10 acres for housing different species of livestock and for fodder production. It consists of a cattle barn, calving box cum calf pens, sheep and goat pens, pig sty, kennel and small animal facility for housing laboratory animals and an amphitheatre for conducting practical on handling of various animal species. In addition three poultry sheds including one high rise cage layer house are also constructed for instructional purpose.

The biogas plant and solar water heaters are commissioned in the Farm Complex with the help of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).

Aviary-cum-fish pond which has four different varieties of fresh water commercial fishes along with ducks and geese.

Fodder is being cultivated in an area of about 4 acres

Further, Slides on cattle breeds, Goat breeds, Fodder grass, Colour photographs on cattle breeds, buffalo breeds, Video cassettes, Charts / Display boards, Models of various cattle / buffalo breeds are available.

The Farm is serving not only the students and staff of this College but also being used for training of livestock owners. Livestock owners are also being brought regularly from villages to expose them to Scientific Management. Schools also send students to visit the Livestock Farm. This farm is open to all who wish to acquire knowledge and skill in rearing Livestock on scientific lines.


I. Infrastructure available in the farm complex


Sheds for Cattle and Buffaloes (Tail-to-Tail system)
Calving shed / Calf pens
Pig sty
Goat and Sheep pens
Broiler House
Grow-lay house
High rise Poultry house
Breeder flock sheds
Semi-intensive Turkey / Poultry unit
Hatchery building with cold storage
Aviary cum fish pond
Wash / Change room for workers

The faculty looks after the care and management of different species of livestock, poultry and fodder production in addition to engaging under graduate and post graduate courses.

Farm Advisory Committee: A Farm Advisory Committee has been constituted to look into the activities of the Livestock Farm Complex.

II. Different units under livestock farm complex

1. Cattle and Buffalo Production Unit

Started with six adult crossbred (Jersey) milch cows along with their calves and one adult buffalo with a calf. One adult female native cattle (Umblacherry) with calf was added. Fresh cow milk is being sold to hostels.

2. Fodder Production Unit

Fodder field with Hybrid Napier - variety CO-5 is being maintained for meeting the fodder requirements of the animals maintained in the Livestock Farm Complex (4 acres). In addition, a Fodder Production Scheme for the distribution of green fodder to the needy dairy farmers of Puducherry has been started.

3. Goat and Sheep Production Unit

Indigenous goats (17) of Malabari breed are being maintained for demonstration purpose. In addition, five indigenous sheep (four Madras Red and one Ramnad White) are also present

4. Pig Production Unit

Started with four female and two male Large White Yorkshire piglets as foundation breeding stock. Piglets of 2 months of age are being sold for Rs. 2,500 per piglet to needy farmers

5. Indigenous Dog Breeding Unit

This unit is having two female Mudhol Hound dogs, registered with the Kennel Club of India. The hounds have been awarded with two Best of Breed and Reserve Best of Breed awards, two Challenge certificates and two Reserve Challenge certificates and one Runner up award among All Hounds Group in the First and Second Championship Dog show conducted by the Puducherry Canine Club in 2018 and in 2019

6. Rabbit Breeding Unit

A small rabbit breeding unit has been established in the farm complex with crossbred rabbits mainly for demonstration to the students

7. Fresh Water Fish Production Unit

The existing fish-cum-aviary pond has been renovated and fish fingerlings of the following varieties of Indian Major Carps have been introduced – Catla, Rohu, Mrigal, Grass Carp and Silver carp. The first batch of fresh water fishes was harvested (175 kg) and sold @ Rs. 90 per kg live weight

In addition, water fowl like Geese, Muscovy ducks and Native ducks have been introduced into the fresh water pond.

8. Turkey Production Unit

A flock of turkey (Broad breasted Large White) – 10 numbers have been procured and introduced into the renovated semi-intensive area. Later, Broad breasted Bronze was added. Eggs are hatched and turkey poults are being sold (@ Rs. 60 per poult)

9. Broiler Chicken Production Unit

A flock (200 per batch) of broiler chicken (a new variety – Raja- II, procured from Bangalore) is being reared in succession, slaughtered and the meat sold through the sales counter

10. Japanese Quail Production Unit

Successive batches of Japanese Quails are being reared and adult birds are sold under the Student Entrepreneurship programme

11. Kadaknath Breeding Unit

An indigenous poultry breeding unit has been started with Kadaknath breed. Chicks are being sold to needy farmers : Rs 60 per day old chick

12. Country Chicken Breeding Unit

A country chicken (indigenous) breeding unit has been started with 200 day old chicks procured from the College of Veterinary Science, Hebbal, Bangalore

13. Value added Organic manure Production Unit

Vermi-compost unit and Panchagavya unit have been started to manufacture value added products (organic manure) from livestock / farm wastes. An organic compost unit is also under operation.

III. Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Poultry Farming

A unit funded by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, GOI, is under operation. Parent stock unit of Giriraja birds is being maintained and day old chicks are being hatched and sold to Government of Puducherry, farmers and entrepreneurs in and around Puducherry. In addition, training is being imparted to poultry farmers on the rearing of dual purpose birds under backyard system

IV. Courses Offered

VCI Regulations (2016)

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
LFP Livestock Farm Practice (Non-credit) 0+1

VCI Regulations (2008)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
LPM 111 General Livestock Management 1+1
LPM 112 Fodder Production and Grassland Management 1+1
LPM 121 Animal Housing and Sanitation 1+1
LPM 311 Swine/Camel/Equine/Yak Production and Management 1+1
LPM 312 Wild and Zoo Animal Health Care and Management / Fish Production 1+1
LPM 313 Laboratory Animal /Rabbit/Fur Animal Care and Management / Pet Animal Care 1+1
LPM 321 Sheep and Goat Production and Management 1+1
LPM 411 Cattle and Buffalo Production and Management 1+1