Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

Academic staff of the Department of Veterinary Publich Health and Pharmacology conduct collaborative and multidicipilinary research on following areas at present.

  • Veterinary public health as part of the global response to emerging zoonotic diseases
  • Monitoring antimicrobial resistance in cultures shrimp and foodborne pathogens
  • Monitoring adverse drug reactions
  • Studies on foodborne pathogenic Campylobacter in poultry
  • Characterization of shrimp farms in relation to use of antimicrobials and chemicals
  • Detection of antimicrobial residues in food commodities and feed
  • Covid 19 TestKit

  • Development of the diagnostic assay platform (in a form of test kit) which detects SARS- COV-2 viral nucleic acids in a shorter time (30 min, excluding time taken for RNA extraction) with a high specificity (>99%) and sensitivity (>95%) compared to real time RT- PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction). See more....

  • One Health Poultry Hub

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    The academic staff of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Pharmacology received the following grants in 2021/2022 to conduct research.

    Granter Grant No. Title Amount Period Principal Investigator
    National Science Foundation RG/2021/AG/04 Profiling of risks associated with veterinary drug residues in animal feed and food of animal origin to ensure consumer safety LKR 3,750,000/= (3.75 Mn) 2021-2023 Dr. Ruchika Fernando
    International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna RAS5096 Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Food Safety Monitoring Programmes for Chemical Contaminants and Residues in Plant and Animal Products Using Nuclear/Isotopic Techniques EURO 1,283,755 (Funds distributed among 33 participating laboratories in the Asian, and Middle Eastern regions) 2022-2025 National Project Counterpart for Sri Lanka: Dr. Ruchika Fernando