Second Year


Vet student going through the coursebook

You Opened this article because you have got yourself through the first year and landed into the second year of Vet School or It’s two am you are recalibrating your life and steering clear. To ease things a bit for you, I am listing all the material you need for the second year.

Second-year have 5 core subjects with a total credit hour of Twenty-two, and the following subjects are:-

  • Veterinary Pathology [VPP]
  • Veterinary Microbiology[VMC]
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding [AGB]
  • Animal Nutrition [ANN]
  • Veterinary Biochemsitry [VBC]

Veterinary Pathology – is a subject in which you will learn about the pathogenesis of various organisms, performing post-mortem examination, and learning differences between the physiological normal and abnormal tissue. It holds a credit hour of four plus two, which means theory and practical classes respectively.

For reading prefer the books prescribed by the university or the professor or pick any of the following books:-

  1. Veterinary Pathology by Ganti A Sasti and P. Rama Rao
  2. Textbook of General Veterinary Pathology by J.L Vegad
  3. Veterinary Systematic Pathogy by J.L Vegand and Madhu Swamy
  4. Textbook of Veterinary Special Pathology by J.L.Vegad and A K Katiyar
  5. Textbook of Veterinary Pathology by R S Chauhan

Veterinary Microbiology – is concerned with bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases of domesticated vertebrate animals. Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology is a branch that investigates the physiological functions of the animal immune system and the development of vaccine content for them.

It has a credit hour of three and two, and the prescribed books are as follows:-

  1. Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease by P.J Quinn and M.E Cater
  2. Veterinary Immunology – An Introduction by Ian Tizard

Animal Nutrition – encompasses the full gamut of animal nutritional science, including but not limited to, a fundamental aspect of animal nutrition such as a nutritional requirement, body composition, energy requirement, and applied aspect of animal nutrition such as raw material evaluation, feed additives, the nutritive value of novel ingredients and feed after. In a three-plus one credit hour subject, you will be taught about the nutrition of livestock, companion, and wildlife animals.

The recommended books are as follows:-

  1. Principles of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology by D.V Reddy
  2. Applied Nutrition – Livestock Poultry, Rabbits and Laboratory Animals by D.V Reddy
  3. Applied Nutrition – Cats, Dogs, Wild Animals and Birds by D.V Reddy
  4. Animal Nutrition By P.Macdonald (OPTIONAL)

Animal Genetics and Breeding – Animal Genetics and Breeding is the field of study that includes all the aspects of livestock genomics and breeding for better production of farm animals as well as the products from these animals. It have a credit score of three plus one.

  1. Statistics and Computer for Animal and Veterinary Sciences by Rakesh Goel
  2. Animal Genetics and Breeding (PB) by Sukhvir Tomar, Arun Kumar, Rajbeer Singh

Veterinary Biochemistry – Biochemistry is one of the few basic sciences where animal and
plant kingdoms meet. In veterinary education and research, biochemistry is highly relevant to the metabolism and function of animals in health and disease, and forms the basis for an intelligent
understanding of major aspects of veterinary science and animal husbandry. It has a credit hour of two plus one.

  1. Biochemistry by U. Satyanaryana and U. Chakrapani.

For best results do refer to the Lecture Notes. While regular reading and revision is the key to success, you also need to know which topics require more emphasis and focus, and which to give lesser importance and emphasis.

Moreover, you can reach me anytime at for any queries and curiosity.

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills”


Published by TheGeekVeterinarian

Veterinarian by Profession, Blogger by Passion

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