The First Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science was held on 15th July 2020 at the Auditorium, Administrative Building, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya. Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, the Honourable Vice-Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony which was also attended by Professor Parakrama Karunarathne, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, and other dignitaries such as Dr. Ranjini Hettiarachchi, Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health, and Dr. Madura Munasinghe, the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.
The major highlight of the event was the fact that it was conducted as a ‘Virtual Symposium’ considering the circumstances surrounding the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Research findings of ‘Animal Production & Health Research Projects’ of the students of the batch 2013/2014 were presented at the symposium; 16 as pre-recorded oral presentations and 47 as digital posters. The pre-recorded oral presentations were played back in front of a panel of distinguished judges followed by a question and answer session where students joined virtually for a live discussion. The three overall best oral presentations and the best poultry-related presentation were selected based on the judges’ scores.
The event was organized by the Veterinary Medical Education Unit (VMEU) and attended by approximately 50 ‘physical’ and 125 ‘virtual’ participants. A digital copy of the Proceedings of the First Undergraduate Research Symposium can be downloaded from here
YouTube link oral presentations
An awareness meeting was conducted for the academic/nonacademic staff on 20th May 2020 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Auditorium, Main Administrative Building on Covid- 19 preparedness. Dr. HAD Ruwanjith, a medical officer and Mr. LAMN Lankathilake, P.H.I. /supervisor of health center, University of Peradeniya were the resource people.
A counseling session was conducted for the first year students (batch 2017/2018) from 10 am – 12 noon on 24th January 2020 at the biochemistry lecture room of the Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences. Mrs. Selani Abeykoon, a professional counsellor attached to the Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare participated as the resource person.
A counseling session was conducted for the second year students (batch 2016/2017) from 1.30 pm - 4 pm on 23rd August 2019 at the lecture room of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. Mrs. Shriya Tennakoon, a professional counselor and an executive committee member of “Nivahana” (local NGO for the development of mental health in the Central province) participated as the resource person.
A total of twenty four veterinary students attended the event. After an initial discussion about stress management and group counseling, participants were divided into three groups and each group was assigned a topic (e.g stress, childhood trauma) and requested to share their experience with the group members. The event was very successful and students actively took part in the discussion. In the feedback session, students requested similar programmes in the future too.
The welcome ceremony of the new entrants to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, University of Peradeniya was held at the Farm Animal Auditorium, on 31st December 2019, under the patronage of Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya. Dr. Madura Munasinghe, Dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science welcomed the gathering. Seventy one undergraduate students were enrolled for the 2018/19 academic year and their parents were also present at the occasion.
A seminar on “Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance” organized by the World Health Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for Veterinary Education Establishments in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the DAPH and FVMAS, was held on 18th September 2019 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. Dr. Akinobu Kawamura from OIE, Dr. Palika Fernando, Dr. Nimal Jayaweera from Department of Animal Production and Health, Dr. Nilanthi Dissanayake from Faculty of Medicine and Dr. D. D. N. De. Silva and Dr. R. S. Kalupahana from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal science participated as resource persons.
A seminar on Awareness in Health Care Waste Management was held on 26th November 2019, which was organized in collaboration with Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environmental under the “Green Universities” concept, with the participation of Academic, Non-academic staff and students of FVMAS Mrs. Sujeewa Fernando Additional Director of Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment came as the resource person
The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Dean’s List and Faculty awards for the the year 2019 were successfully held on 28th November 2019 at the Main Auditorium of FVMAS with the participation of Academic staff and students. Ms. N. P. G. D. Udarika and Mr. S. Kabilan who were selected as the nominees of Faculty Awards 2019 were appreciated at the above ceremony.