Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) came into existence on 14th June 2010 as per Ordinance no: 44/2010 and started functioning from April 2011, as per Act 3/2011 of Govt. of Kerala. This is one of the pioneer institutions in Veterinary Education and Research in the country. Being a strong proponent of One Health, KVASU established an autonomous Center for One Health Education, Advocacy, Research and Training (COHEART) in February 2014 and have launched two new post graduate courses on “One Health”


“One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment”. This is an emerging discipline which emphasizes working across public health, veterinary health, and environmental health disciplines to tackle difficult health problems. One Health, has been embraced as a way forward by many groups of professional experts.  Internationally applauded, the One Health approach is strongly endorsed by human medicine, public health, veterinary medicine and various other national and international institutions and organizations. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh while addressing thedelegates of “International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza” on 5th December, 2007 stated that the Government of India supports the concept of One Health.  Needless to say, One Health builds on a global governance model that is worth exploring and KVASU opens the pathway for this model by offering various One Health courses.

The centre provides opportunities for national and international students to earn a post graduate degree in One Health through technology enabled distance learning. This will be the first One Health PG Certificate/ PG Diploma program offered by an Indian University. The above courses delivers a comprehensive introduction to One Health practice and its application on the control of emerging diseases in man and animals, sustainable global environment, food safety and security. The course provides skills to new generation scientists to address health issues with a more holistic approach.