The Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries (FAVF) is one among the 3 faculties under Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Nepal. The mission of AFU is to produce competent manpower in agriculture, forestry and allied disciplines. It encourages and support faculty members and students for research and scholarly activities relevant to the needs of Nepalese agricultural and livestock farmers. The FAVF foster student self-development, commitment and responsibility for welfare of Nepalese society. Chitwan District is one of the most potential areas of agriculture, livestock, poultry and aquaculture farming. Presently the livestock raising pattern is changing from household level to commercialization of both in poultry and dairy. This is greatly facilitated by committed farmers and other allied entrepreneurs, presence of adequate technical support from AFU, suitability of the environment for farming and adequate marketing facilities. Veterinary faculty has linked up with the university abroad for capacity building, enhancing research and laboratory capacity, faculty and student research etc.
Two academic programs such as 5 years (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) and 4 years B.Sc. Fisheries are conducted at this Faculty. We are having 38 faculties and 42 support staffs. Nine Adjunct Faculties have recently appointed in Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries. This Faculty has enrolled 56 students in five years B.V.Sc. & A.H. and 16 students in four years B.Sc Fisheries program in 2015. In 2015, we have enrolled 37 Master students in different disciplines of FAVF. Similarly we are having nine Ph.D students four on Fisheries, one in Veterinary medicine, one in Livestock Production and Management and two in animal nutrition at this moment.
Veterinary and Fishery Education has at present been accepted as one of the major determinants for all round development of a country. The quality of education has to be enhanced to produce able, productive, disciplined and socially responsible citizens, and also to create a workforce capable enough to face the challenges of the 21st century. The promotion of higher education on this field in a pragmatic way would lead to a sustained and rapid development of a society or a nation. Empirical evidence indicates the high positive correlation between the educational status and the pace of economic development. There is an increasing recognition of the immense potential of the livestock sector in enhancing the income of the poor. Livestock distribution is more equitable than land distribution. Thus, the livestock sector provides a natural entry point for poverty alleviation programs. A major issue affecting the livestock economy however, is the quality education and effective delivery of livestock services to the communities. The experts from this Faculty will guide the farmers for increasing productivity and preventing most common emerging infectious and Zoonotic diseases.
The FAVF will fully committed to share the samples and reagents to produce quality peer-reviewed publications and reports. We are also happy to provide space and accommodation for the conduct of workshop and related research activities by the participating faculty members from South Asia and abroad. This Faculty is having very good relationship with local organizations such as Dept. of Livestock Service (DLS), Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Dept. of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), HART Nepal, LiBIRD, NZFHRC, ANSAB etc. Similarly FAVF is having linkages with foreign institutions such as Yamaguchi University Japan, HART UK, University of Veterinary Medicine, Austria Vienna, St. George University Grenada,West Indies, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, UK etc.