The Department of Animal Nutrition started as Animal Nutrition Section as it was established at College of Animal Husbandry in 1954 under the inter- college exchange program between the Punjab University (College of Animal Husbandry) and Washington State University USA. Later on, the section was transferred to the Directorate of Livestock Farms in 1962. After integration with College of Veterinary Science, Lahore the section was designated as “DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL NUTRITION”. Since its inception, the department has significantly contributed a lot in solving field problems.
With the establishment of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), the Department has been shifted to the Ravi Campus Pattoki in the building of “Faculty of Animal Production & Technology”. All teaching staff members of Department are Ph.D. degree holders. The department includes offices, modern state of the art Dr. Malik Muhammad Yaqoob Amino Acid Analysis Lab), metabolic lab for digestibility studies on poultry and Nutrition Research Laboratory and modern Nutrition Lab in CLC for undergraduate and post graduate students. Department is also running the most sophisticated and modern analytical lab in Central Lab Complex. Along with the academic activities of postgraduate classes (M. Phil & Ph. D) and post graduate research activities, the Department of Animal Nutrition is also involved in the commercial activities at Ravi campus Pattoki like; mineral mixture production, guidelines for farmers formulation and commercial lab analysis. The Department is equipped with nutritional professionals with thorough understanding of the science of nutrition and enabling them to serve in this very important field in the country.
At present, Animal department is offering various courses for DVM and poultry science students at under graduate level and offering M. Phil and PhD degrees at post graduate level.
The Department is working with following vision and mission statement
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICAL LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION THROUGH
NUTRITIONAL INNOVATIONS, RESEARCH AND EXTENSION PRACTICES
- To enhance the animal production through nutritional management
- To reduce the cost of feeding by using indigenous and non-conventional feed resources
- Poverty alleviation through training and extension of small-scale holders
- To enhance the participation of women in livestock production activities
- To promote trend of utilization of healthy livestock products through R&D
- To reduce the GHG emissions and nutrient losses from livestock production