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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

University of Peradeniya

General Information


The Department of Veterinary Science was established in Colombo at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ceylon in 1947. At the inception of this course the relevant departments of the Faculty of Medicine, namely Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Pathology co-operated in the teaching programmes. In 1954, this department was shifted to Peradeniya and incorporated into the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science of the University of Ceylon. However the preclinical courses continued to be taught in Colombo until 1966.
In 1973 the Department of Veterinary Science was upgraded to a School of Veterinary Science within a Faculty of Medical, Dental and Veterinary Sciences of the Peradeniya Campus of University of Sri Lanka. The School consisted of three departments viz. Departments of Veterinary Preclinical, Paraclinical and Clinical Studies. The Department of Animal Science had the unique status of serving the School of Veterinary Science as well as the Faculty of Agriculture.
In early 1980, the BVSc training programme received full faculty status with four departments viz. Departments of Veterinary Preclinical, Paraclinical, Clinical Studies and Animal Science and the Faculty was designated as the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (FVMAS). This Faculty was officially opened on 27 March 1980 with Professor S.T. Fernando as its first Dean. As an interim measure, instead of forming the fourth department, the FVMAS continued to use the services of the Department of Animal Science of the Faculty of Agriculture to teach the course in animal production. In July 2000, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science was restructured with renaming of the departments and concurrent commencement of the fourth department. At present the FVMAS consists of 4 departments, namely the Departments of Basic Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery and Farm Animal Health and Production.
In the early years of veterinary education in Sri Lanka, the curriculum of BVSc training programme was similar to that followed by the Royal Veterinary College in London with the course also emphasizing certain subject areas which were irrelevant to veterinary practice in this country. However, with the passage of time, the curriculum was modified largely on ad hoc basis, but a major revision was launched in 1991. The curriculum adapted in 1991 was revised again in July 2000 to make the BVSc course more relevant to meet the demands of the veterinary profession in the next decade or two. In the revised curriculum, the conventional subject matter in the BVSc training programme has been retained and made more relevant, greater integration of courses in animal health and production sciences have been emphasized, and new course materials have been introduced to broad base the training programme as applicable to the veterinary profession.

The administration constitutes the Dean, Assistant Registrar and Assistant Bursar. The office of the Dean is responsible for the following.

  • The general administration
  • Financial administration
  • Student registration and Student Services
  • Examination
Person Contact Number e Mail
Dean-Prof. Ariyaratne HBS +94 81 2395700 deanvet@pdn.ac.lk
Assistat Registrar-Ms.Geethika Ranasinghe +94 81 2395707 arvet@pdn.ac.lk
Senior Assistant Bursar-Ms. A.N. Wijenayake +94 81 2395716 sabvet@pdn.ac.lk
Secretary to Dean - Ms. Surangi Jayasekara +94 81 2395701 maha@pdn.ac.lk
Examination branch - Ms. Nemesha Jayasinghe +94 81 2395702 vetexam@pdn.ac.lk
Students Affairs - Ms. Galapitage S +94 81 2395732 -
Transport Branch - Mr. M. Jayasinghe +94 81 2395720 -
Supply Division - Ms. R. G. L. N. Priyankumari +94 81 2395731 lnpk@pdn.ac.lk
General Services - Mr. M. G. N. Abewickrama +94 81 2395703 nabeyw@pdn.ac.lk
Audio Visual Unit - Mr. Shamil Ananda +94 81 2395877 gamini@pdn.ac.lk
Computer Unit - Mr. B.A.G. Harischandra +94 81 2395880 ganganath@pdn.ac.lk
Printing unit +94 81 2395706 -


The Faculty Board Consists of the following members.

  1. Prof. H.B.S. Ariyaratne - Dean
Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences
  1. Dr. L.J.P.A.P.Jayasooriya – Head/BVS
  2. Dr. I.S.Abeygunawardena
  3. Dr. N.K.Jayasekara
  4. Dr. D.M.S. Munasinghe
  5. Dr. W.M.A.P. Wanigasekera
  6. Dr. N.U.A. Jayasena
  7. Dr. L.G.S. Lokugalappatti
  8. Dr. Y.A.M.S. Wickramasinghe
  9. Dr. D.A. Satharasinghe
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  1. Prof. R.P.V.J. Rajapakse– Head/VPB
  2. Dr. A.Arulkanthan
  3. Dr. G.S.P. de S. Gunawardena
  4. Dr. H.R.N. Jinadasa
  5. Dr. A.W. Kalupahana
  6. Dr. S.S.S. de S. Jagoda
  7. Dr. R.R.M.K.K. Wijesundera
Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology
  1. Dr. R.S. Kalupahana – Head/VPHP
  2. Dr. M.H. Hathurusinghe
  3. Dr. B.R. Fernando
  4. Dr. K.S.A. Kottawatta
  5. Dr. H.M.T.K. Karunarathna
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  1. Dr. K.A.N. Wijayawardhane– Head/VCS
  2. Prof. I.D. Silva
  3. Dr. D.D.N. de Silva
  4. Dr. A.Dangolla
  5. Dr. RAD Eranda Indrajith
  6. Dr. W.R. Bandula Kumara
  7. li> Dr. E.R.K.V. Edirimanne
  8. Dr. H.M.H.S. Ariyaratne
  9. Dr. M.G.C.M. Jayasinghe
  10. Dr. D.R.A. Dissanayake
Department of Farm Animal Production & Health
  1. Dr. P.A.B.D. Alexnader – Head/FAPH
  2. Dr. L.N.A. de Silva
  3. Dr. P.G.A. Pushpakumara
  4. Dr. M.L.A.N.R. Deepani
  5. Dr. E.M.N.M. Fouz
  6. Dr. R.A.C. Rabel
  7. Dr. K. Nizanantha
Elected Members
  1. Additional Director General /Animal Health & Veterinary Research, DAPH
  2. Prof.H.Abeygunawardane
  3. Dr. B.M.A.O. Perera
  4. Student Representatives
In attendance
  • Ms. Ms. K.S. Geethika Ranasinghe - Assistant Registrar/FVMAS
  • Prof. H. B. S. Ariyaratne,
    BVSc (Peradeniya),MPhil (Peradeniya),PhD (Tennessee)

    Professor in Veterinary Physiology
    Dean of the Faculty
    sirila@pdn.ac.lk

    Dr. Madura S. Munasinghe,
    BVSc (Peradeniya),M.Agric (Miyazaki), PhD (Kagoshima)

    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

    Indra. S. Abeygunawardena, BVSc (Cey),MSc (Illinois)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Physiology

    Niromi K. Jayasekera, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (Illinois), PhD (Illinois)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy
    niromij@pdn.ac.lk

    Anoja Wanigasekara, BSc Hons. (Chemistry), MPhil (Peradeniya), PhD (Kyoto)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Biochemistry
    anojapw@gmail.com

    L. J. P. Anura P. Jayasooriya, BVSc (Peradeniya), M.Agric (Miyazaki), PhD (RMIT Melbourne)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Biochemistry
    Head-Department of Basic Veterinary Science
    anurap@pdn.ac.lk

    L. G. Sampath Lokugalappatti, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (Peradeniya), PhD (Stellenbosch)
    Senior Lecturer
    slokug@pdn.ac.lk, lokugs@gmail.com

    Y. A. M. Saumya Wickramasinghe, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (Oklahoma)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Biochemistry,
    swickramasinghe@ucdavis.edu

    Nilmini Jayasena, BVSc (Peradeniya), PhD (Florida)
    Senior Lecturer
    nilminijayasena@gmail.com

    Dilan Satharasinghe, BVSc (Peradeniya),MVM (Massey),PhD (Putra)
    Lecturer (Probationary)
    dilansatharasinghe@yahoo.com

    G. S. Panduka De S. Gunawardena, BVSc (Peradeniya), PhD (Peradeniya))
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology
    pandukag@pdn.ac.lk

    Prof. R. P. V. J. Rajapakse, BVSc (Peradeniya), PhD (Peradeniya)
    Professor in Veterinary Parasitology
    jayanthar@pdn.ac.lk

    A. Arulkanthan, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (WSU)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology
    aarul@yahoo.com

    A. W. Kalupahana, BVSc (Peradeniya),MSc(UK))
    Lecturer (Probationary / Study leave) in Veterinary Microbiology
    anilwkalupahana@yahoo.com

    S.S.S de S. Jagoda, BVSc (Peradeniya)
    Lecturer (Probationary / Study leave) in Veterinary Pathobiology
    samanthikavet27@yahoo.co.uk

    W. Deepani D. Fernando, BVSc (Peradeniya)
    Lecturer (Probationary / Study leave) in Veterinary Pathobiology
    deepanidarshika@gmail.com

    Preeni Abeynayake, BVSc (Cey), PhD (Massey), MACVSc
    Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology
    preeniab@yahoo.com

    R. S. Kalupahana, BVSc (Peradeniya), PhD (Cantab)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology,
    ruwanikalupahana@yahoo.com

    B. R. Fernanado, BVSc (Peradeniya))
    Lecturer (Probationary / Study leave) in Veterinary Pharmacology
    ruchikalk@yahoo.com

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    K. S. A. Kottawatta, BVSc (Peradeniya), MPhil (Peradeniya)
    Lecturer (Probationary)
    sarunika@yahoo.com

    M. H. Hathurusinghe, BVSc (Peradeniya), MPhil (Peradeniya)
    Senior Lecturer (on study leave) in Public Health
    madhaviha@yahoo.com

    Thusitha Kumara Karunarathna BVSc(Peradeniya), MSc(Peradeniya)
    Lecturer (Probationary) in Veterinary Public Health
    thusithakarunarathana@gmail.com

    I. D. Silva, BVSc (Sri Lanka), PhD (California Davis),
    Professor in Veterinary Clinical Studies
    indirads@pdn.ac.lk, indiradush@yahoo.com

    D. D. Niranjala de Silva,BVSc (Sri Lanka), PhD (Cantab)
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Surgery
    niranjalad@yahoo.com

    Ashoka Dangolla,BVSc (Peradeniya), Dip Vet Epid (Helsinki), PhD (KVL, Denmark),
    Head-VCS / Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Studies
    adangolla@yahoo.com

    Nayana Wijayawardhane, BVSc (Sri Lanka), PhD (Auburn),
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pharmacology
    nayanaw@pdn.ac.lk, nwijayawardhane@yahoo.com

    R. A. D. Eranda Indrajith, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (Edinburgh),
    Lecturer
    earajapaksha@ucdavis.edu

    E. R. K. V. Edirimanne, BVSc (Perad), MSc (Manitoba),
    Lecturer
    edirimanne@gmail.com

    W. R. Bandula Kumara, BVSc (Sri Lanka), PhD (Hokkaido, Japan),
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Studies
    wrbkumara@yahoo.com bandulavetlk@gmail.com

    P. G. A. Pushpakumara, BVSc (Sri Lanka), PhD (London),
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics
    pganil@pdn.ac.lk & apushpakumara@yahoo.co.uk

    H. Abeygunawardena, BVSc (Sri Lanka), MSc (Illinois), PhD (Illinois),
    Professor in Farm Animal Production and Health
    habey@pdn.ac.lk

    S. P. Gunarathne, BVSc (Sri Lanka), PhD (Nottingham)
    Professor in Animal Production
    spg@pdn.ac.lk

    L. N. A. de Silva,BVSc (Sri Lanka), MPhil (Peradeniya)
    Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Medicine
    lnades@yahoo.com

    P. A. Basil D. Alexander,) BVSc (Sri Lanka), MPhil (Peradeniya), PhD (Guelph)
    Head-FAPH
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Reproduction and Reproductive Biotechnology
    pabda@pdn.ac.lk

    M. N. M. Fouzi, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (Kelaniya), PhD (Putra, Malaysia)
    Senior Lecturer in Aquaculture and Aquatic Animal Health
    mnmf@pdn.ac.lk

    M. L. A. N. R. Deepani, BVSc (Peradeniya), MSc (Peradeniya) PhD (Sidney)
    Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Genetics and Statistics
    nirupa_deepani@yahoo.com

    A. A. A. W. K. Amarasinghe, BVSc (Peradeniya)
    Lecturer
    arunavetlk@gmail.com

    Dean’s Office
    1. Mr. R.M.G.Ratnayake
    2. Mr. B.A.G. Harischandra
    3. Ms. M.H.Alahakoon
    4. Ms. R.G.L.N.P. Nagahawatte
    5. Mr. M.G.N.Abeywickrama
    6. Mr. M.Jayasinghe
    7. Ms. P.Abeyweera
    8. Ms. B.A.G.G.S.N. Galapitage
    9. Mr. D.G.P.H. Jayasinghe
    10. Ms. H.M.G.K. Herath
    11. Mr. G.O. Thilakaratne
    12. Mr. Y.M.K.G.Senevirathne
    13. Mr. A.M.A. Abeykoon
    14. Ms. PA Padmawathie
    15. Mr. K Ranjamany
    Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences
    1. Ms. S.J.Weihena
    2. Mr. I.P.G.H.U.Dissanayake
    3. Mr. D.C.A.Gunawardena
    4. Mr. B.G.S.J.Abeyratne
    5. Ms. L.I. Siriwardana
    6. Mr. G.G.Thilakaratne
    7. Mr. H.M.V.B.Herath
    8. Mr. M.H.V. Pushpakumara
    9. Mr. L.G.A.U. Senaratne
    10. Mr. A.K. Weerasinghe
    11. Ms. H.M.D.M.K. Samarakoon
    Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
    1. Ms. W.R.Jayaweera
    2. Mr. K.B.A.T. Bandara
    3. Mr. N.A.N.D.Perera
    4. Mr. T.P.M.S.D. Bandara
    5. Mr. K.M.Karunajeewa
    6. Mr. T.M.I.P.K. Bandara
    7. Mr. W.M.N.N.Weerasinghe
    8. Mr. R.M.P. Ratnayake
    9. Mr. H.H.M.W.K. Medagoda
    Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology
    1. Mr. A.R.C.Gunasena
    2. Ms. F.S. Nizam
    3. Mr. WPGW Rajapakse
    4. Mr. M.A.N.Perera
    5. Mr. R.D.C.K. Kirimetiwatta
    Department of Farm Animal Production & Health
    1. Ms. T.A.D.N.Talpearachchi
    2. Mr. H.A.I.J. Hettearachchi
    3. Ms. O.U.N.D. Udagedara
    4. Mr. K.G.P.Dissanayake
    5. Mr. S. Kumara
    6. Ms. M. Siriyalatha
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    1. Ms. M.R.C.K.Mallawa
    2. Mr. S.C.Dissanayake
    3. Mr. E.M. Ekanayake
    4. Ms. V.P.P.Jayapani
    5. Mr. K.Y.G.R.D. Attanayake
    6. Mr. H.M. Nandasena
    7. Ms. D.L.R.A.K. Senarath Bandra
    8. Ms. A.H.M.W.S.Abeyratne
    9. Mr. D.M.M. Dhanasekera
    10. Mr. S.M.M.S. Senadheera
    11. Ms. M.T. Pushpakumari
    12. Mr. P.G.Navaratne Banda
    13. Mr. W.R.Ranasinghe
    14. Mr. P.A.Nandanathilake
    15. Mr. W.M.R.P.Kumara
    16. Ms. W.M. Anula Kumari
    17. Ms. L.K. Ashoka