Veterinary Courses in India

Last Updated on July 30, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar

Do you want to become a veterinarian? If yes, this post will be of help to you. Here, I’ve listed down some of the best veterinary science courses available in India.

In this post, you will find the names of popular veterinary science programs in India. Apart from the names of courses, you will also find additional details such as – their duration, eligibility criteria, scope, colleges, admission process and career prospects.


In India, there exists different types of veterinary science courses. These academic programs can be classified into different types on the basis of their academic level and course format.


For instance, based on the academic level, veterinary science courses in India can be classified into the following levels –

  • UG
  • PG
  • Doctoral Degree


UG stands for undergraduate level. PG stands for postgraduate level. Doctoral Degree courses are research based programs.


Let us talk about the course formats now. Based on the format of the course, these courses can be classified into the following types –

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctoral Degree
  • PG Diploma
  • PG Certification


This post will be of help to 12th passed students as well as B.V.Sc. graduates. This post covers different types of courses such as – B.V.Sc., M.V.Sc., PG Diploma programs etc. In short, 12th pass candidates, B.V.Sc. graduates and M.V.Sc. passed candidates will benefit from this post.


Before heading to the meat of the matter – list of veterinary science courses in India – let us check out basic details about this domain. In the next section, you will find out what veterinary science is all about. Let us start –


Veterinary science is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of disease, disorder and injury in animals. This branch of medicine deals with the care of both domesticated and wild animals.


It is a vast field and consists of different areas of specialization. Some such notable areas of specialization include – animal physiotherapy, animal dentistry, disease control, surgery, pathology etc.


Based on the course content, veterinary science programs in India can be classified into two main types – veterinary science (medicine) and para veterinary courses. In this post, we will focus on veterinary medicine programs. You may also check – animal husbandry courses in India.


Come, let us check out the list of courses now. Here it is –


List of veterinary science courses in India

Here are some of the best veterinary science programs in India –


1 B.V.Sc.

B.V.Sc. stands for Bachelor of Veterinary Science. It is an undergraduate level course. It is the most popular veterinary science course in India.


Students who have passed 12th standard with PCB subjects are eligible to pursue this course. The course duration is five years.


After completing this course, graduates may don the title of Veterinarian. He/she may start veterinary practice in India after attaining this Degree. Some institutes are also known to offer B.V.Sc. and AH course. AH simply stands for Animal Husbandry.


2 M.V.Sc.

M.V.Sc. stands for Master of Veterinary Science. It is a Master’s Degree course. Technically, it is a PG level course.


Candidates who have completed B.V.Sc. course are eligible to pursue this course. M.V.Sc. course is aimed at developing advanced skills and knowledge among B.V.Sc. graduates.


M.V.Sc. programs are available in different areas of specialization. Some such notable specialization programs include – M.V.Sc. Veterinary Microbiology, M.V.Sc. Veterinary Surgery, M.V.Sc. Veterinary Biochemistry, M.V.Sc. Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, M.V.Sc. Livestock Production and Management, M.V.Sc. Animal Genetics and Breeding etc. Generally, the course duration is two years.


3 PG Diploma programs

As the name suggests, these are postgraduate level courses. Like M.V.Sc., these programs too allow B.V.Sc. graduates to specialize in areas such as – veterinary surgery, pharmacology, toxicology, veterinary biochemistry, genetics and breeding, livestock production and more.


4 PhD programs

As I mentioned before, these are Doctoral Degree programs. And Doctoral Degree courses are research based programs. Candidates who have completed M.V.Sc. or possessing equivalent qualification are eligible to go for PhD program.



Here is the state-wise list of prominent veterinary science colleges in India –


Note: The list provided above is not an exhaustive one. It covers only prominent institutes.


Admission process

Reputed institutes select deserving candidates through selection tests or interviews. Deserving candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in the test or interview. Some colleges are also known to carry out donation based and direct admission process. Here’s a relevant entrance exam – AIPVT.



Tuition fees depends upon the following factors – type of college (Government or self-financing), scholarship status of the student, rating of the college etc. Government colleges are known to charge 2-10K INR per year.


You may also check – B.F.Sc. course


Career prospects

Veterinarians are usually hired by animal care centers, veterinary clinics, pet care centers etc. They may even start their own veterinary clinic, pet care center or animal care center. They are also hired by relevant Government departments such as – forest department, fisheries department, agricultural department etc.


Veterinarians who possess advanced qualifications (like M.V.Sc. or PhD) may even don the role of a lecturer and find work at relevant educational institutes. They may also build a decent career in R&D sector associated with this domain.

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