Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology


The Department was established in the year 1930 as Materia Medica. In 1960s, the Department was renamed as Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology. The Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology is engaged in teaching and relevant researches since long back and a series of curricular and non-curricular research projects have been undertaken and successfully completed with some results of very high practical utility. Several masters and doctoral scholars have completed their teaching and research successfully in this Department and published more than 100 research papers in Journals of National and International repute. Post graduate scholars of the Department have achieved reputed positions in India and abroad. Several eminent personalities severed the Department in various positions. Dr. Allauddin Ahmad, Ex-Head of this Department became Vice-Chancellors of SKUAS&T, J&K and Hamdard University. He also occupied the position of Dy. Director General (Education), ICAR. Dr. Mani Kant Singh and Dr. Shankar Dayal Singh, Ex-Chairmen of this Department occupied the positions of Dean-cum-Principal of Bihar Veterinary College, Patna. Research work of the Department has been quoted by the standard International text book of Veterinary Pharmacology i.e. Adams ‘The Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ 8th Edition, 2000.

The Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology organized the 6th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology (ISVPT) and National Symposia on “Emerging role of biotechnology in production of veterinary drugs”, “Recent trends in development of herbal drugs: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Toxicological impacts of environmental and industrial chemicals” from 23-25 Nov. 2006 with financial assistance of DBT, DST, ICMR and CSIR. Recently, the Department has organized a five days Training cum Workshop on “Chromatographic Techniques and its applications in Research” under NAHEP from 18th to 22nd June, 2019 in which eminent Scientists viz. Dr. G.S. Rao, Dean, C.V.Sc., Gannavaram, Dr. A.H. Ahmad, Prof.& Head, G.B.P.U.A.&T., Pantnagar and Dr. T.K. Mandal, Prof. & Head, WBUAFS, Kolkata delivered expert lectures and training to 25 participants. Resource Persons from M/S Waters India Ltd., Bengaluru and M/S CAMAG (Anchrom), Mumbai demonstrated analytical techniques of Chromatography.

The Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology is one of the well equipped departments of the college and has state of the art research facilities.


  • To impart quality education in Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology.
  • To strengthen research in Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology.
  • To participate in the programmes of extension education and help in transfer of technology from lab. to land.


  • HPLC laboratory with UV & Fluorescent detectors and Computerized control of the system with sufficient power back up is available and functioning in the Department to study the various drugs and their metabolites was set up under ICAR scheme which was recently upgraded and operated through computer program. The HPLC system has been upgraded from time to time and at present, the system is being used for routine monitoring of antibiotic residues in milk samples under ICAR Project – Outreach Programme on ‘Monitoring of Drug Residues & Environmental Pollutants’.
  • A good microbiological assay laboratory with all available instruments like laminar flow, refrigerated centrifuge etc. had been purchased under DST & ICAR schemes.
  • Ultra Water Purification System (Make – Ion Exchange) producing Ultra Pure water for HPLC systems as well as type 2 water purification systems (Make- Ion Exchange) are available in the Department.
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge and Normal Centrifuge
  • Deep Fridge and Normal Refrigerators
  • Micropipettes (All Range)
  • Experimental Pharmacology Equipments like Rota Rod Apparatus, Cook’s Pole Climbing Apparatus etc.
  • Water Bath
  • Vortex Shaker
  • Ultra turrex Homogenizer

Academic Activities

Under Graduate Courses (As per VCI MSVE 2016 regulation)

Course Title & Details

Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology (4+1=5)

Unit 1: General Pharmacology

Credit hrs. =  4+1

Unit 2: Pharmacology of Autonomic Nervous System
Unit 3: Pharmacology of Central Nervous System
Unit 4: Pharmacology of Body Systems
Unit 5: Veterinary Chemotherapy
Unit 6: Veterinary Toxicology
Unit 1: General Pharmacology

Credit hrs . = 4+1

Unit 2: Pharmacology of Autonomic Nervous System
Unit 3: Pharmacology of Central Nervous System
Unit 4: Veterinary Chemotherapy
Unit 5: Veterinary Toxicology

Post Graduate Courses (As per ICAR):M.V.Sc. Courses :

S.N. Course No. Course Title Credit hrs.
1. VPT 601 General Pharmacology 2+0
2. VPT 602 Autanomic and Autacoid Pharmacology 2+1
3. VPT 603 CNS Pharmacology 2+1
4. VPT 604 Digestive and Respiratory Pharmacology 2+0
5. VPT 605 Cardiovascular and Renal Pharmacology 2+0
6. VPT 606 Endocrine and Reproductive Pharmacology 2+0
7. VPT 607 Chemotherapy 2+1
8. VPT 608 Toxicology of Xenobiotics 2+1
9. VPT 609 Toxicology of Plants and Toxins 2+0
10. VPT 610 Pharmacological Techniques 1+1
11. VPT 611 Techniques in Toxicology 1+1
12. VPT 612 Ethnopharmacology 2+0
13. VPT 691 Master’s Seminar 1+0
14. VPT 699 Master’s Research 20

Ph.D. Courses :

S.N. Course No. Course Title Credit hrs.
1. VPT 701 Advances in Neuropharmacology 2+0
2. VPT 702 Autacoid Pharmacology 1+0
3. VPT 703 Pharmacology of Herbal Drugs 2+1
4. VPT 704 Drug Metabolism 2+0
5. VPT 705 Molecular Pharmacology 2+0
6. VPT 706 Pharmacokinetics 2+1
7. VPT 707 Pharmacogenomics 2+0
8. VPT 708 Immunopharmacology 1+0
9. VPT 709 Molecular Toxicology 2+0
10. VPT 710 Clinical Pharmacology 1+1
11. VPT 711 Clinical Toxicology 2+1
12. VPT 712 Ecotoxicology 2+0
13. VPT-713 Regulatory Toxicology 2+1
14. VPT 790 Special Problem 0+2
15. VPT-791 Doctoral Seminar-I 1+0
16. VPT-792 Doctoral Seminar-II 1+0
17. VPT 799 Doctoral Research 45

N.B. : A Ph.D. student may also take 600 series courses of M.V.Sc. if not studied during Master’s programme.

Research Projects:

List of completed research project :

S.N. Name of the Research Project Duration Funding Agency PI/ Co-PI
1 Distribution of sulphonamides in body fluid of goats. 1968 – 1970 U.G.C. Dr. N.C. Banerjee
2 Pharmacokinetics of chemotherapeutic agents with particular reference to their distribution in the uterine fluid, milk and blood of she buffaloes. 1980 – 1985 D.S.T. Dr. A. Ahmad
Dr. N.C. Banerjee
Dr. M.K. Singh
3 Pharmacokinetics and testing of dosage regimen of certain chemotherapeutic agents in healthy and febrile condition in buffalo calf. 1998 – 2002 I.C.A.R. Dr. M.K. Singh
Dr. H.N. Jha
Dr. C. Jayachandran
4 Studies on the occurrence and stability of aflatoxin in milk and milk products in different agro-climatic areas of Bihar 2003 – 2007 I.C.A.R. Dr. B.K. Sinha
Dr. S.D. Singh
Dr. C. Jayachandran

Ongoing research Projects (Externally Funded)

Name of the Research Project Duration Funding Agency PI/ Co-PI
1 Outreach Programme on ‘Monitoring of Drug Residues and Environmental Pollutants’ 2009 to till date I.C.A.R. Dr. C. Jayachandran
Dr. Nirbhay Kumar
Dr. R.K. Nirala
2. Indian Network of Fisheries and Animal Antimicrobial Resistance (INFAAR) 2020 onwards I.C.A.R. Dr. Nirbhay Kumar (Co-PI)

Research Activities

Faculty Members

S.N. Name & Designation Email Contact No. More
1. Dr. Nirbhay Kumar, +91 9006655117 More
2. Dr. Archana +91 7903074712 More
3. Dr. Kumari Anjana +91 8210674242 More
4. Dr. Rashmi Rekha Kumari +91 9473353343 More
5. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Nirala +91 9507221894 More
6. Dr. Govind Kumar Choudhary +91 8318124193, 9453761886 More

Supporting Staff

S.N. Name Designation Contact No.
1. Md. Nayeem, Animal Attendant +91 85389 96928

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Contact Details

Dr. Nirbhay Kumar

Associate Professor & Head
Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
Bihar Veterinary College, Patna – 14 (Bihar, India)
Contact No.: +91 9006655117
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