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Name of the Institute:                      College of Natural Resources


Name of the Programme:               Diploma in Animal Husbandry


Duration of the Programme:          Two years (full time)


Location:                                            Lobesa, Thimphu 


Accrediting body:                             Royal University of Bhutan

                                                           College of Natural Resources


1.2. Broad Purpose of the Programme:


The main purpose of the programme is train a versatile mid-level staff to mainly cater to the needs of the farming community through a holistic and farmer oriented training in Animal Production and Animal Healthcare.



The specific objectives of the programme are:-


  1. To provide the knowledge about the basic principles of animal nutrition and enable the trainees to carry out practical ration computation from local feed resources, survey and carry out pasture development activities, pasture management, fodder conservation and seed production


  1. To provide trainees   with the knowledge and skills in anatomy and physiology of animals in terms of their application in surgery, medicine, animal production and reproduction.


  1. Provide the trainees an adequate understanding of and skills in all the aspects of dairy production including government policies and strategies, dairy breeds and breeding and care management, milk production, processing and marketing


  1. Provide the trainees an adequate understanding of and skills in all the aspects of Poultry production including processing and marketing of products.


  1. To Provide the trainees with a sound knowledge of the production systems including management, feeding, processing and marketing of Pigs and their products


  1. To provide the students the understanding of the fundamental principles of animal reproduction and equip the trainees with the skills to perform the routine tasks associated with animal reproduction such as Artificial insemination, Pregnancy diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment of diseases causing infertility in animals, etc.


  1. To provide the trainees the understanding of the basics of animal genetics and breeding to enable them to devise and guide the Bhutanese farmers in all aspects of breeding according to the policies of the Royal Government.   


  1. To provide trainees the basic principles of veterinary epidemiology to enable trainees to understand and implement the basic disease control measures.


  1. To provide trainees with the understanding of the fundamentals of veterinary public health and its role in prevention of zoonotic diseases, quality and safety aspects pertaining to foods of animal origin.


  1. To enable trainees to be fully acquainted with the fundamentals of Veterinary medicine, Veterinary microbiology and parasitology, Veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics as a pre-requisite to understanding of veterinary diseases, diagnosis and treatment of common bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal and protozoan diseases, and their control measures.


  1. To provide the trainees the basic knowledge and skills required for performing common surgical operations of animals.  

 Entrance requirement

Class XII pass in Science with minimum of 40% marks in each subjects. Candidates should have enrolled and passed in Biology, Chemistry, English, Dzongkha and Physics or Mathematics.


Teaching Learning

The programme adopts a “Learner centered” approach to teaching and learning. Teaching and learning is achieved through both theory and hand-on practical. Theory inputs includes classroom lectures, group works, assignments while practical includes farm practical as well as field-based activities through blockweeks, blockdays and study visits. The Faculty maintains a small scale Livestock farm (Dairy, Poultry & Piggery) that provides ample opportunities for hands-on training in animal management and care. Faculty trainees undergo one-month farm household attachment program with individual farmers to get the real perception of village life and two months on-the –job training in geog RNR centers.



Assessment is carried out in two forms:-


Continuous assessment (60%) and Final assessment (40%). Continuous assessment includes written Examinations, Assignment, and Practical while the final exam includes written and practical exam. The proportion of the various assessments in each form is be determined by the number of assessments and the nature of the assessment. It is mandatory to conduct an assessment after every 20 Double lessons.


Progression to the next semester takes place only after clearing the semester modules. The programme board of examination (PBE) decides the progression of each student at the end of each semester.