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(Revised 2014)




Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Chairman, HEC

Mr. Fida Hussain Director General (Acad)

Ms. Ghayyur Fatima Director (Curri)

Mr. Rizwan Shoukat Deputy Director (Curri)

Mr. Abid Wahab Assistant Director (Curri)

Mr. Riaz-ul-Haque Assistant Director (Curri)

Composed by: Mr. Zulfiqar Ali, HEC, Islamabad


  1. Introduction 6

  2. Minutes of the meeting 10

  3. Schemes of Studies 17

  4. Detail of Courses (Semester-Wise) 20

  1. Semester-I 20

  2. Semester-2 28

  3. Semester-3 37

  4. Semester-4 46

  5. Semester-5 54

  6. Semester-6 63

  7. Semester-7 73

  8. Semester-8 83

  9. Semester-9 89

  10. Semester-10 96

The curriculum, with varying definitions, is said to be a plan of the teaching-learning process that students of an academic programme are required to undergo. It includes objectives & learning outcomes, course contents, scheme of studies, teaching methodologies and methods of assessment of learning. Since knowledge in all disciplines and fields is expanding at a fast pace and new disciplines are also emerging; it is imperative that curricula be developed and revised accordingly.
University Grants Commission (UGC) was designated as the competent authority to develop, review and revise curricula beyond Class-XII vide Section 3, Sub-Section 2 (ii), Act of Parliament No. X of 1976 titled “Supervision of Curricula and Textbooks and Maintenance of Standard of Education”. With the repeal of UGC Act, the same function was assigned to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) under its Ordinance of 2002, Section 10, Sub-Section 1 (v).
In compliance with the above provisions, the Curriculum Division of HEC undertakes the revision of curricula after every three years through respective National Curriculum Revision Committees (NCRCs) which consist of eminent professors and researchers of relevant fields from public and private sector universities, R&D organizations, councils, industry and civil society by seeking nominations from their organizations.
In order to impart quality education which is at par with international standards, HEC NCRCs have developed unified templates as guidelines for the development and revision of curricula in the disciplines of Basic Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Agriculture and Engineering in 2007 and 2009.
It is hoped that this curriculum document, prepared by the respective NCRC’s, would serve the purpose of meeting our national, social and economic needs, and it would also provide the level of competency specified in Pakistan Qualification Framework to make it compatible with international educational standards. The curriculum is also placed on the website of HEC (www.hec.gov.pk).
(Fida Hussain)

Director General (Academics)























Abbreviations Used:

CRC. Curriculum Revision Committee

VCC. Vice Chancellor’s Committee

EXP. Experts

COL. Colleges

UNI. Universities

PREP. Preparation

REC. Recommendations

The final meeting of the NCRC in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine was held at Regional Centre Lahore on ________________, the objective of the meeting was to revise the existing curriculum of DVM. Following members attended the meeting.

1. Prof. Dr. Laeeq Akbar Lodhi Convener


Faculty of Veterinary Sciences,

University of Agriculture,


2. Dr. Muhammad Arshad Member


Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council,

16-Cooper Road, Lahore.

3. Dr. Maqbool A. Memon Member


Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,

Sindh Agriculture University,

4. Dr. Noor Muhammad Soomro Member


Department of Pathology,

Sindh Agriculture University,

5. Dr. Subhan Qureshi Member


Faculty of Veterinary Sciences,

University of Agriculture,

6. Dr. Akbar Ali Soomro Member

Director General,

Live Stock & Dairy Development,


7. Prof. Dr. Ghulam Hussain Jaffar, Member


Live Stock & Dairy Development

Bravery Road, Government of Balochistan,


8. Dr. Abdul Jabbar Tanweer, Member

Associate Professor,


Gomal College of Veterinary Sciences,

D. I. Khan.

9. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar Khan Member


Faculty of Veterinary Sciences,

University of Veterinary & Animal Science, Lahore.

10. Prof. Dr. Masood Rabbani, Member

Professor of Microbiology/Director University Diagnostic

Laboratory,Dean Biosciences

University of Veterinary & Animal Science,

11. Prof. Khalid Javed, Member


Department of Animal Breeding & Genetics,

Faculty of Animal Production & Technology,

University of Veterinary & Animal Science,

12. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Member


Faculty of Bio Sciences,

University of Veterinary & Animal Science,

13. Prof. Zafar Iqbal Randhava, Member

Head of Department,

Department of Parasitology,

UAF, Faisalabad.
14. Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain, Member


Institute of Microbiology,

University of Agriculture,

15. Col (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar Raza, Member


House No. 850, St. 26, G-9/1,


Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council. ,


16. Dr. Ahmed Din Anjum, Member


Ripha College of Veterinary Sciences,

Shahpur Kanjra, Multan Road,

17. Prof. Safdar Anjum, Member


Faculty of Veterinary Sciences,

PMAS Arid Agriculture University,

18. Prof. Makhdoom Abdul Jabbar, Member


University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,

19. Dr. Muhammad Ramzan, Member

Deputy Director,

Livestock & Dairy Development,

Government of Punjab,

19. Dr. Masood Akhtar, Member

Dean / Professor,

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences,

Bahauddin Zakariya University,

20. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Member


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,

Baqai Medical University, 51, De Tor,

Gadap Road, Near Toll Plaza, Super Highway,

21. Dr. M. Razak Karar, Member

Dean / Professor,

Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Science,

Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water &

Marine Science, Uthal, Balochistan.
22. Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq, Member


Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Science,

The University of Poonch,

Rawalakot, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
23. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Younas, Member


College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,

24. Dr. Kamran Ashraf, Member


Department of Parasitology,

University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,

25. Prof. Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman, Member


Faculty of Life Sciences Business Management,

Department of Physiology,

University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,

26. Mr. Muhammad Imran, Member

Stenographer/PA to Secretary

House No. 850, St. 26, G-9, Islamabad

Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council,

27. Dr. Nazeer Hussain Kalhoro, Member

Executive Director SPVC

Livestock and Fisheries Dept.

Govt. of Sindh .

28. Dr. Mushtaq Asif, Member


National Group of Companies,

Shadman-2, Lahore.

29. Dr. Tofique Ahmed Qureshi, Member

Professor / Chairman,

Department of Veterinary Pharmacology,

Sindh Agriculture University,

30. Dr. Hafsa Zainab, Secretary

Department of Anatomy,

University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences,



Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council was represented by Dr Muhammad Arshad (President PVMC). After the introductory session, HEC representation was ensured by Mr Rizwan Shoukat (Deputy Director Curriculum).

Day 1

Session 1:

Proceedings started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The session was chaired by Mr Fida Hussain (Director General Academics Division, HEC). He welcomed the participants and shared the scope of the meeting with them. Dr Muhammad Arshad (President PVMC) offered PVMC’s perspective on the exercise of curriculum revision. It was followed by brief introduction of the participants. Keeping with the tradition, Mr. Fida Hussain offered the house to nominate the Convener and Secretary of the committee. Prof Dr Laeeq Akbar Lodhi (Dean FVS, UAF) and Dr. Hafsa Zaneb (Assistant Prof, UVAS) were nominated as Convener and Secretary of National Curriculum Revision Committee (DVM) respectively.

Mr Fida Hussain stressed on the need of developing Learning Outcomes (LOs) for Veterinary Curriculum. He was briefed about the previously carried out trainings/workshops by Center for Educational Policy and Administration (CEPA, UVAS) for the said purpose. The house was informed that for majority of DVM courses, LOs have been developed by the faculty as a result of these trainings. Mr Fida Hussain and Dr Muhammad Arshad appreciated the initiative and offered to sponsor a comprehensive training module for the same purpose to train the faculty of veterinary institutions across Pakistan. The training module will be designed by Dr Hafsa Zaneb in coordination with PVMC and HEC.

Sessions 2:

The session was chaired by Dr Muhammad Arshad. Following points were considered before initiations of curriculum revision:

  1. As per HEC recommendations, one practical credit hour needs to consist of 3 contact hours as opposed to the current practice of 2 contact hours.

  2. HEC puts a limit of 15-18 credit hours/semester

  3. OIE day-1 competencies may be considered as guidelines for curriculum revision. The house then discussed the existing scheme of studies and after deliberations agreed upon a scheme of studies which will form basis of further discussions and exercise (Annexure I).

Session 3:

In absence of Prof Dr Laeeq A Lodhi (Convener, NCRC/Dean FVS UAF), Dr Muhammad Arshad invited Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar (Dean FVS, UVAS) to chair the second session. The course contents of the first 4 semesters were briefly discussed and it was agreed upon that the contents and sequence of the courses will be finalized following the guidelines of OIE while considering the local needs. Prof Dr Subhan Qureshi (Dean Faculty of Animal Husbandry and VS, UAP) and Prof Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar (Dean FV&AS Lasbela University) made some recommendations regarding internship program and offered to develop a proposal and present it next morning.

Session 1:

The session began with a welcome note by Prof Dr Laeeq A Lodhi (Convener) whereby he appreciated the inputs provided by the committee members in the previous sessions. Prof Dr Subhan Qureshi and Prof Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar presented their internship proposal following which the house was opened for discussion. Following points were noted by committee members regarding the structure and modalities of DVM internship program:

  1. Regarding enlisting of institutions and organizations for internship, a degree of flexibility is required as different universities have unique circumstances.

  2. Government livestock farms will be enlisted for the purpose.

  3. For private farms, the decision lies with the universities to see if the farms are good enough to offer useful experience to their students. It was suggested that farms with more than 500 animals may be enlisted.

  4. Respective department / institute will be solely responsible for the decisions regarding student placement with intimation to PVMC for information.

  5. Individuals / organizations need to have a limit for number of students accepted / year.

  6. Durations of internship will be one (01) semester. Students can spend this time at one or more places depending upon the available facilities and circumstances.

  7. Courses will be retained in the last (10th) semester to comply with the HEC policy. Alternatively 10 credit hours can be assigned to internship to fulfill this requirement.

  8. Universities will allow exchange of internship students from other accredited institutions.

  9. Logistical expenses related to internship will need to be borne by the student or employer. The committee can request HEC for its funding but in principal it should be left with Universities.

  10. Each faculty / college will constitute monitoring teams and intimate PVMC and HEC about the process.

Session 2 & 3:

The session began with discussion pertaining to layout of contents in the to-be-proposed courses. It was suggested that detailed contents may be included in annexure while saving only 5-6 lines for the main document. It was also suggested that while it is mandatory to retain compulsory courses as per HEC policy, their content may be re-vamped to make them more relevant to the program.

Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha (VC, UVAS) joined the committee briefly. He shared his views on the future direction of the Veterinary Profession and urged the committee to consider recent developments in international trade and food safety practices while revising the curriculum. Prof Dr Laeeq A Lodhi thanked Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha for sparing his time and for his observations.

Rationalization of credit hours allocated to courses of different disciplines was carried out according to the consensus achieved on the last day. Practical credit hours were adjusted to 3 contact hour scheme. Resulting document is attached as Annexure II. (This document is likely to be modified following the meetings with stakeholders and working of different subject committees).

Day 3:
Outcome of Day-3 proceedings was as follows:

  1. Courses were organized department-wise and contribution of various departments towards scheme of study of DVM was reviewed. Existing credit hour allocation of each department (based on 1 practical credit hour = 2 contact hours) was converted into a projected credit hour allocation (based on HEC recommendations of 1 practical hour = 3 contact hours). During the process, partial rationalization of courses was done. The document is attached as Annexure II.

  2. The Departments will develop new courses AND/OR edit the contents of the existing ones to adjust within the contact hours.

  3. Subject Committees were constituted by the principal committee (NCRC) to assist in re-structuring/ re-naming the courses. Their details are as follows:

Anatomy & Histology:

  1. Dr Hafsa Zaneb (Assistant Professor Department of Anatomy & Histology UVAS) Convener

  2. Prof Dr Ans Sarwar Qureshi (Chairman Department of Anatomy & Histology UAF)

  3. Dr Saima Masood (Assistant Professor Department of Anatomy & Histology UVAS)

Physiology & Biochemistry:

  1. Prof Dr Habib ur Rehman (Chairman, Department of Physiology UVAS) - Convener

  2. Dr Tanvir Khaliq (Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology UAF)

  3. Dr Maqsood Sindhu


  1. Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf (Chairman Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology UVAS) - Convener

  2. Dr Muhammad Ovais Omer (Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology UVAS)

  3. Dr Muhammad Junaid (Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology UAF)


  1. Prof. Dr. Ahrar Khan (Chairman, Department of Pathology UAF) - Convener

  2. Prof. Dr. M. Zargham Khan (Department of Pathology UAF)

  3. Dr Asim Aslam (Chairman Department of Pathology UVAS)


  1. Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Randhawa (Chairman Department of Parasitology UAF) – Convener

  2. Dr. Masood Akhter (Dean Faculty of Veterinary Science BZU)

  1. Prof Dr AG Arijo (Department of Veterinary Parasitology, SAU)

  2. Dr Imran Rashid (Assistant Professor Department of Parasitology UVAS)


  1. Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain (Director, Institute of Microbiology UAF) - Convener

  2. Prof Dr Khushi Muhammad (Chairman Department of Microbiology, UVAS)

  3. Prof Dr Masood Rabbani (Department of Microbiology UVAS/Director UDL)

  4. Dr Jawad Nazir (Assistant Professor Department of Microbiology UVAS)


  1. Prof Dr Mansur ud Din (Chairman Department of Epidemiology and Public Health UVAS) – Convener

  2. Prof. Dr. Ghulam Muhammad (Chairman Department of CMS UAF)

  3. Dr Hassan Mushtaq (Assist Prof Department of Epidemiology and Public Health UVAS)

  4. Dr. M. Shahid Mehmood (Associate Professor , Institute of Microbiology UAF)


  1. Prof Dr Ghulam Muhammad (Chairman Department of CMS UAF) – Convener

  2. Dr Anila Zameer Durrani (Chairperson Department of CMS UVAS)

  3. Dr Abdul Latif Bhutto (Assist Prof Department of Veterinary Medicine SAU)

  4. Dr Muhammad Avais (Assistant Prof Department of CMS UVAS)


  1. Prof Dr Muhammad Arif Khan (Department of CMS UVAS) – Convener

  2. Dr Abdul Asim Farooq (Assist Prof Department of Clinical Sciences BZU)

  3. Dr Nadeem Asi (Lecturer Department of CMS UAF)

  4. Dr Arfan Yousaf (Associate Professor Department of Clinical Sciences PMAS AAU)


  1. Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad (Department of Theriogenology UVAS) – Convener

  2. Prof Dr Subhan Qureshi (Dean Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science UAP)

  3. Dr Amjad Riaz (Assistant Prof Department of Theriogenology UVAS)

Livestock Production / ABG:

  1. Prof Dr Khalid Javed (Chairman Department of Livestock Production UVAS) – Convener

  2. Prof Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar (Dean Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Science LUAWMS)

  3. Dr Qamar Shahid (Assistant Prof Department of Livestock Production UVAS)

Poultry Production:

  1. Dr A.D. Anjum (Riphah Veterinary College) - Convener

  2. Prof Dr Safdar Anjum (Dean Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Science PMAS AAU)

  3. Prof Dr Muhammad Akram (Chairman Department of Poultry Production UVAS)

  4. Dr Abdul Jabbar (Assistant Professor, Gomal College of Veterinary Sciences GU)

Animal Nutrition:

  1. Prof (Retd) Dr Makhdoom Abdul Jabbar (Member, PARB) – Convener

  2. Prof Dr Mirza Aslam (Director, Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology UAF)

  3. Dr Tanvir Ahmad (Associate Prof Department of Livestock Production and Management PMAS AAU)

  4. Dr Muhammad Afzal (Assistant Prof Department of Animal Nutrition UVAS)

Allied Courses:

  1. Prof Dr Masood Rabbani (Director UDL UVAS) - Convener

  2. Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Randhawa (Chairman Department of Parasitology UAF)

  3. Dr Muhammad Arshad (Assist Prof Department of Wildlife and Ecology UVAS)

  4. Dr Noor Khan (Assist Prof Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture UVAS)

  5. Dr Hafiz Hussain Azhar (Assistant Prof Department of Social Sciences UVAS)

  6. Mr Muhammad Iqbal (Assistant Prof Institute of Continuing Education and Extension UVAS)

The Conveners of the committees can opt more members if they feel the need to do so.

  1. The subject committees will be sent a copy of OIE recommendations to be considered while finalizing courses at subject committee level.

  1. Every course will be preceded by its objectives and intended learning outcomes (ILOs). Courses thereby will be structured accordingly. The committee would like to have the split schedule of each lecture/practical indicating the contents to be covered.

  1. The subject committee will look into the matter of duplication of course contents.

  1. Number of courses offered by one department will be limited to a maximum of 3-4 (except for the clinical departments) courses so that the students are not over-burdened with a large number of courses/semester. Also, courses with 01 credit hours will be discouraged and departments will be expected to merge the contents of such a course into another relevant course.

  1. Relevant subject committees will develop elective courses of up to 8 credits each in the following areas to give a specialized status to graduates. These courses will be evaluated on Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory basis, will be in addition to core courses and will be offered during summer.

  1. Bovine Herd Health, Preventive Medicine and Equine Medicine. Companion Animal Medicine & Surgery.

  2. Poultry Production and Diagnostics.

  3. Artificial Insemination & Reproductive Herd Health.

  4. Dairy Animal Management/Husbandry.

In every semester, 01 credit course specific to Animal Contact / Behavior will be taught. Meeting with the stakeholders will be held before finalizing the first draft. Their recommendations will be incorporated in existing courses or in new courses to be designed specifically for this purpose. Conveners of all the Subject Committees will be invited in these meetings for ensuring effectiveness of the exercise (In case of unavailability, the Convener may request any other members of the committee for representation). Meetings can be organized at different locations to ensure maximum participation of major stakeholders.

Following stakeholders were identified initially:

  1. Poultry Sector: Prof. (Retd) Dr. AD Anjum and Prof. Dr. M. Akram (Chairman, Department of Poultry Production, UVAS) will be requested to arrange input from industry individually or as a team and present joint recommendations.

  2. Meat Sector: Prof. Dr. Khalid Javed (Chairman, Department of Livestock Production UVAS) and Dr. Hayat Jaspal (Assistant Professor, Department of Meat and Fiber Technology UVAS) will be requested to arrange input from industry.

  3. Dairy Sector: Prof. Dr. Khalid Javed (Chairman, Department of Livestock Production UVAS) will be requested to arrange input from industry.

  4. Government Sector: Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Randhawa (Chairman, Department of Parasitology UAF) will be requested to arrange input from the Government Sector.

Additionally, various veterinary institutes are encouraged to identify more stake holders, hold meetings with them separately if they are remotely located and submit the recommendations to the relevant focal persons by 20th February, 2014.

  1. Subject committees can make 15-20% reduction in credit hours themselves. Alternatively, the NCRC allowed the Convener and Secretary to make suitable reduction / addition when and where required.

  1. In addition to review of DVM scheme of studies, subject committees will also carry out the review process of postgraduate courses in their respective disciplines and submit report together with DVM scheme.

  1. Exercise of curriculum revision will be completed in coordination with HEC.

  1. The committee will communicate with HEC to achieve an understanding regarding number of contact hours allocated to One (01) Practical Credit Hour. In existing DVM courses, One (01) Practical Credit Hour is equal to Two (02) Contact Hours, whereas HEC recommends One (01) Practical Hour to be equal to Three (03) Contact Hours.

  2. Committee also argued that requirement of successful completion of pre-requisite courses will be imposed at suitable intervals e.g. unless students successfully complete courses of 2nd semester they will not get admission in 3rd semester.

The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof Dr Laeeq A Lodhi (Convener NCRC).

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