For the 7th year in a row , Kerala Veterinary Science Congress (KVSC), the most coveted scientific event of Indian Veterinary Association (IVA), Kerala was conducted on 14th and 15th of November 2015 at the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Pookode, located in the University campus of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. The Kerala Veterinary Science Congress (KVSC) had announced its global presence this year by launching its official website, www.ivakvsc.org on 3rd of July 2015. Committed to its mission ever since its inception in 2009 , as evident through the six successful episodes in the past, the Science Congress has been able to achieve its aims of advancing and promoting the cause of Veterinary Science, bridging the distance from the laboratory to the field level and recognizing the sincere effort of every veterinarian in scientific development.
The 7th Kerala Veterinary Science Congress was inaugurated on 14th November 10:30 am by Prof. (Dr.) A. K. Srivastava, Hon’ Vice Chancellor and Director of National Dairy Research Institute and Deemed University (NDRI), Karnal, Haryana at the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode in a grand manner befitting the stature of the organization , the event and the cause. In his inaugural address, Prof. Srivastava urged the need for assuring nutritional security along with food security. Apart from undertaking steps for increasing milk production, he also stressed the importance of the initiatives to be taken to streamline the technology for the procurement, processing, value addition and marketing of the different livestock products like milk, meat and egg to meet the food security of the nation. The importance of native breeds of cattle like Sahiwal, Gir, Tharparkar and Vechur possessing a high heat tolerance, excellent feed conversion efficiency and high disease resistance with respect to Mastitis, Brucellosis and FMD were also pointed out by him. He did not fail to highlight his vision towards eradication of FMD from the country by the year 2030 and the role the Veterinary fraternity has to play in this regard. The two day event had lead speakers from ICAR (NIANP), University of Calgary (Canada), University of Edinburgh (UK), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), Veterinary Universities in India (TANUVAS), and the Directorate of Medical Services, Kerala. The event witnessed the presentation of 172 papers in various oral and poster modes and as many as 23 awards were distributed in various scientific sessions on (1) Animal Production, Management & Welfare (2) Animal Health Sciences (3) Wild life Management &Veterinary Science (4) Veterinary Science in Practice (5) Basic Veterinary & Allied Sciences and (6) Vector-borne Zoonoses & Public Health. In addition to the routine scientific sessions, Kerala Veterinary Science Congress had two special sessions this year, one on Wildlife Sciences and another on Vector-borne Zoonoses and Public Health, in line with the theme of World Veterinary Day-2015.The enthusiasm and efforts made by the Animal Husbandry Department, Kerala and all the members of IVA, Kerala especially the Pookode and Wayanad IVA units lead to the smooth organization of the 7th Kerala Veterinary Science Congress. The overwhelming response and enthusiastic participation from various parts of the country and abroad stands as a testimony to the welcome the science congress received from the professional community internationally. Shri. P.T. Gopalakurup, Chairman, Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (MILMA) inaugurated the valedictory ceremony on 15th November and distributed the awards