Veterinary Council of India
Veterinary Council of India (VCI) is a statutory body constituted under the provision of India Veterinary Council Act, 1984. Veterinary Council of India is responsible for regulating veterinary practices as well as for maintaining uniform standards of veterinary education through Minimum Standard of Veterinary Education Regulations in all veterinary institutes across the country.
Veterinary Institutions in the States to which the Act extends, one Member nominated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR), one Member to represent Government of India from Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, one Member nominated by the Indian Veterinary Association, one Member nominated from amongst the Presidents of the State Veterinary Councils of those States to which this Act extends and one Member nominated from amongst the Presidents of the State Veterinary Associations of those States to which this Act extends. Eleven members are elected from amongst the persons enrolled in the Indian Veterinary Practitioners Register. Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Government of India and Secretary, Veterinary Council of India is the Ex-officio Members of the Council.
In keeping pace with the global commitments and in its endeavour to meet the objectives to make the graduates more service worthy in the recent global context, VCI has notified the revised Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education Regulations 2016.
To meet the shortage of trained veterinary manpower in the country, the number of recognized college has been increased to 46.
In order to regulate standards of veterinary education in the country and to ensure implementation of the Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education – Degree Course (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) Regulations, the Council carries out inspections of the Veterinary Colleges in respect of the facilities available for imparting veterinary education and the examinations leading to award of B.V.Sc. & A.H. qualification periodically under the provisions of Section 19 and 20 of the Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984. During the period of the report, 23 veterinary colleges were inspected by the Council.
Further, the Central Government has framed Veterinary Council of India (Procedure for recognition and de-recognition of veterinary colleges and veterinary qualifications) Rules, 2017 which has notified on 19.05.2017. The Rules have been notified to streamline the procedure for recognition and de-recognition of veterinary colleges and qualifications, admission process in the veterinary colleges by the Veterinary Council of India in a time bound manner.