The Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals is one of the oldest
pioneer animal healthcare institutes in the country. It had a modest beginning
as "MYSORE SERUM INSTITUTE" founded in the year 1926 by the erstwhile Maharajas
of Mysore. Originally it was located near the race course area situated in
the midst of the city and later it was shifted to the present location at
Hebbal for large scale production of Rinderpest hyperimmune serum for the
control of Rinderpest disease of cattle in the state on 9.10.1928.
Subsequently, the institute expanded its activities to include production of
bacterial disease vaccines and followed by the establishment of disease
investigation section in 1932 thereby creating full fledged facilities to
provide coverage to the livestock population of the state. A comprehensive
research wing was created in 1935 housed in a seperate building during
1940. The production of Antirabies vaccine and Anthrax spore saponine vaccine
were initiated about the same time. The production of Goat Tissue adopted
Rinderpest vaccine marked a major achievement in 1943. Later Institute
contributed to a greater extent in eradication Rinderpest by supplying the
Tissue Culture Rinder Pest Vaccine (TCRPV). The institute became a scientific
society in 1978 to give broader perspective and autonomous status to organise
and manage its diversified activities of production of biologicals and
diagnostic services through a network of units in the state. This is the only
state in the country to have taken this progressive step. Formation into a
scientific society with its Governing body has facilitated the institute to
undertake prompt decisions on important policy matters for speedy
implementation. The Institute maintains a close liaison with
the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Govt. of
Karnataka in providing animal health care by supplying vaccines and disease
diagnostic services. The institute also has close rapport and collaboration
with many of the scientific organisations and teaching institutions of the
state and the country. Now the Institute has been included as one of the
organisation under Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences
University (KVAFSU) with continued mandates of the Institute.
Large-scale production of various biologicals for prophylaxis of animal
diseases and diagnostic agents used in diagnosis of various livestock and
To provide prompt and effective diagnostic services for identification of
disease problems with an aim to eradicate them.
To introduce newer techniques in the development of cost effective and
efficient biologicals and diagnostic aids.
To undertake in depth study on animal disease epidemiology with emphasis on
rural economy and cost benefits.
Training of Scientific and technical personnel in the recent advances in the
technology of biological production and disease & diagnosis and also to
impart knowledge to the farmers in raising healthy
animals and poultry.