Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) dean, and Dr. Nammalwar Sriranganathan, professor of bacteriology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology, travelled to Chennai, India, in September to hold high-level meetings at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) and to observe livestock health in the region.
The trip helped expand on the ongoing memorandum of understanding between Virginia Tech and TANUVAS for student and faculty exchange. In meetings with the Vice Chancellor of TANUVAS, Dr. Palanimuthu Thangaraju, Dr. Murali Manohar, Director, Center for Animal Health Studies, Dr. R. Prabhakaran Dean, (Now Vice-Chancellor) and others at TANVUS, the delegation discussed putting the collaboration on permanent footing by establishing a one credit clinical training course in veterinary medicine curriculum of the two universities.
The VMRCVM delegation also met with the animal care committee of TANUVAS and discussed the proposal of performing a preclinical trial using nanoparticles load with gentamicin developed at Virginia Tech to treat brucellosis in cattle at TANUVAS. Negotiations are continuing to obtain final approval from their animal care committee to perform this preclinical trial in their isolation facilities at Chennai.
Schurig and Sriranganathan visited their very busy small animal hospital to see first hand the facility as well as their large caseload. They also travelled to Sandynella Sheep Farm to observe cases of Johne's disease in sheep caused by Mycobacterium avium spp paratuberculosis. This organism has been isolated from Chronís disease of humans.