Department of Theriogenology - Overview

The Department of Theriogenology was established in 1971 as the 7th component of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. The department consists of three sub-units at the main campus of the University, these are (i) teaching cum clinic block, (ii) Semen Production Unit and (iii) Experimental animal unit. The department also has another unit at Chak No. 124 near Ghulam Muhammad Abad. At present, there are 10 teachers in the department, which include 04 Professors, 02 Assistant Professors, 03 Lecturers (one on study leave abroad) and a Subject Expert (retired professor). All these teachers are highly qualified and experienced, with 07 out of 10 are holding PhD degrees.
The department is actively engaged in human resources development through providing quality education and training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas of reproductive physiology, endocrinology, obstetrics & gynecology, andrology, ultrasonography, infertility and reproductive biotechnologies. Moreover, quality training in AI and sexual health control is also provided to the In-service Veterinary and para-Veterinary staff from all over the country.
The department is also playing a significant role in poverty alleviation and improving living standards of livestock farmers through improving productive and reproductive performance of their livestock. Services in artificial insemination in cows and buffaloes, pregnancy diagnosis and reproductive health management in large and small animals are provided to livestock farmers at the clinics of the department, as well as at doorsteps of farmers under its ambulatory clinic. Thus, the department has the pride in having a direct contact with the stakeholders and end-users i.e. livestock farmers of the area. Similarly, the department is providing quality liquid semen collected from breeding bulls of high genetic potential to local AI Technicians.
Besides teaching and training activities, the staff of the department is also engaged in research on various aspects of reproductive physiology, endocrinology, semen preservation, infertility and reproductive biotechnologies including MOET, in-vitro embryo production etc.

 

History

The Department of Theriogenology was established in July, 1971 under the name as "Department of Animal Reproduction". However, keeping in view the international scenario, the name of department was changed as "Department of Theriogenology" in 2009. It was the 7th department of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, UAF and comprised of three sections viz. teaching cum clinic block, (ii) Semen Production Unit and (iii) Experimental animal unit. Later, a 4th unit of the department (an A.I. Centre) was set up at Pathanwala near Shadab Colony, Faisalabad in October 1997 under the Outreach Program of the department. This center was closed on 31.08.2006 and a new component with the name of "Satellite Large Animal Teaching cum Research Hospital was established at PARS, Jhang Road, Faisalabad. This teaching hospital was also closed on 31.05.2015 and a new state of the art Veterinary Teaching Hospital was established at Chak No. 124, near Ghulam Muhammad Abad, Faisalabad on 04.06.2015. At this hospital, clinical services in the areas of animal reproduction, medicine and surgery are provided to the livestock farmers of the area.

 

Objectives

  1. Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students in areas of animal reproductive physiology, endocrinology, obstetrics & gynaecology, andrology and reproductive biotechnology.
  2. Quality training of students in artificial insemination in cattle and buffaloes, pregnancy diagnosis and reproductive health management in small and large animals.
  3. Provision of clinical services in artificial insemination in cattle and buffaloes, pregnancy diagnosis and reproductive health management in small and large animals to livestock farmers at the clinic, as well as at door steps of farmers.
  4. Refresher courses in artificial insemination and sexual health management for in-service veterinary and para-veterinary staff from all five provinces of Pakistan.
  5. Provision of quality semen to local AI practitioners.