College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences , Mannuthy


DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Public Health

Faculty & Staff

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Dr. C. Latha Dr. C. Latha
Designation: - Professor and Director of Academics and Research, KVASU
Address: - Department of Veterinary Public Health, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy 680651
Mobile No: - 9495047649
Email ID: - latha@kvasu.ac.in

Educational Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Food safety and Quality assurance
  • Post Graduate Diploma in One Health

Area of Research


  • ICAR ad hoc scheme on Bacterial quality assurance of meat in processing plant- KAU.
  • ICAR ad hoc scheme on Evaluation of quality of market milk with special reference to quality assurance programme in Kerala.
  • NAIP project on Multienterprise farming models to address the agrarian crisis of Wayanad District of Kerala
  • EFC Project funded by World Bank
  • Development of a Multiplex PCR Method for the Simultaneous Detection of four Common Food Pathogens in Meat and Meat Products funded by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment
  • Various State Plan projects since 2011
  • Revolving Fund project on water testing from 2011-2017

Work Experience

  • Director of Academics and Research, KVASU
  • Faculty Dean, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy since September 2017
  • Head of the Department, Veterinary Public Health, CVAS Pookode [03/12/05 - 03/09/09] and Mannuthy from 10/10/09 to 22/4/22.
  • Management council member from 8/9/17 onwards
  • Convener, Academic council from 23/4/22 onwards
  • Convener, Research council from 23/4/22 onwards
  • Member, Academic council, Tamil Nadu University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
  • Chairman, Editorial board, Journal of veterinary and Animal Sciences, KVASU
  • Chairman, Revolving Fund Projects, KVASU
  • Chairman, National/International Collaboration, KVASU
  • Chairman, Faculty Research Council from 8/9/17 to 22/4/22
  • Academic council member, KVASU since September 2017.
  • Chariman, Board of Studies of Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences from 8/9/17 to 22/4/22
  • Chairperson, Project Co-ordination Committee, CVAS, Mannuthy from 8/9/17 to 22/4/22.
  • Chairman, Staff council, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy from 8/9/17 to 22/4/22
  • Chairman, Store Purchase committee, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy from 8/9/17 to 22/4/22.
  • Implimenting Officer of School of Zoonoses, Public Health, and Pathobiology from 2010 to 2017
  • Head, NABL Laboratory from 2010 to 2017
  • Director Board Member of University Co-Operative Society for 6 years.
  • Co-ordinator of Diploma Courses on Lab Techniques for the past 10 years.
  • Member of the APEDA meat inspection team for the past 4 years.
  • Expert for ARS/NET, Kerala PSC, and Punjab PSC Question Paper Setting for the past 5, 4, and 2 years respectively.
  • NSS Program Officer for 4 years.
  • Charirman, Board of Examinations for the past 13 Years
  • Chairman, VCI inspection team VCI inspection team for three years
  • Nodal officer, All India ICAR Entrance examination for UG and PhD for 2 years
  • Organising Secretary, 12th Euro-Global Summit on Veterinary and Animal Sciences,Edinburgh,Scotland
  • Patron, Students Union and Parent Teacher Association of CVAS Mannuthy since September 2017


  • PG Nair endowment best teacher award for the year 2009
  • Best poster presentation award in Veterinary Science Congress for the year 2010
  • Fellow of IAVPHS for the year 2012
  • Best poster presentation award in Kerala Science Congress for the year 2013
  • Best poster presentation award in Veterinary Science Congress for the year 2014, 15,17,18 and 19
  • Best poster award in the session in Environment Health Science in XII Annual Conference of IAVPHS and National Symposium in 17,18 and 20
  • Best poster award in the National seminar on ‘Food adequacy & Climate Change, Strategies for Sustainable Food Production’ organised by AMST in 2017and 19
  • Best Poster award in National seminar on surveillance and control of rabies and other zoonotic diseases held on 28th September, 2017 at CVAS, Mannuthy
  • Best Poster award in World Veterinary Day, Thrissur in 2018
  • Latha, C, Best Research Article Award in J. Vet, Publ. Hlth, 2019
  • A. T. Sherikar Outstanding Public Health Veterinarian Award 2021
  • Fellow of Association of Meat Scientists & Technologists 2022
  • R K Agarwal Food safety award by Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists 2023


  • Management Development Training on 18-20/10/212 at IIM, Kozhikode
  • Training in SPSS on 6/9/13 -7/9/13 at CVAS, Mannuthy
  • Training on Laboratory Management system and Internal audit as per IS/ISO/IEC 17025-NABL n 29/04/14 -2/05/14 at CVAS, Mannuthy
  • University Mannual of office Procedure on 28/01/2015- 29/01/2015 at CVAS, Pookode
  • Introduction to bioinformatics tools on 19/5/15 to 21/5/15 at Dept. Of Animal Genetics and breeding
  • Training programme on Modern analytical techniques used in Veterinary and Animal sciences on 13/7/2015- 15/7/2015 at CIL, Mannuthy
  • Orientation programme for the programme officers of the NSS on 1/12/2016- 7/12/2016at Rajagiri College of Social sciences
  • Capacity development Programe on 25/10/2016- 26/10/2016 at IMG, Thiruvanathapuram
  • The “Capacity building of KVASU teachers on basic counseling and monitoring skills” on 31-8-18 to 1-9-18 at CVAS, Mannuthy
  • HRD training programme on moving towards professional excellence on 23/3/19 at Academic staff college


Research Papers – [International articles ]

  • Ahmed, S.N., Chattopadhyay, U.K., Sherikar, A.T., Waskar,V.S., Paturkar,A.M., Latha,C., Munde, K.D and Pathare, N.S (2003): Chemical sprays as a method for improvement in microbiological quality and shelf-life of fresh sheep and goat meats during refrigeration storage (5-70 C). Meat. Sci. 63 (3) P.p.339-344.
  • Dubal, Z. B., Paturkar, A.M., Waskar, V.S., Zende.R.J., Latha, C., Rawool,D.B and Kadam, M.M. (2004). Effect of food grade organic acids on inoculated S. aureus, L. monocytogenes, E. coli and S. typhimurium in sheep/goat meat stored at refrigeration temperature. Meat Sci. 66.:p.p 817-821
  • C. Latha , A. T. Sherikar, V. S. Waskar , Z. B. Dubal and S. N. Ahmed (2009). Sanitizing effect of salts on experimentally inoculated organisms on pork carcasses. Meat Sci. 83 (4) :796-799
  • Latha C, Sunil B, Ajay Kumar VJ, Anu CJ and Deepa J (2014) Evaluation of various cultural enrichment methods for the detection of selected food borne bacterial pathogens, Veterinary World7(3): 172-176.
  • Latha C, Anu CJ, Sunil B, Ajay Kumar VJ and Deepa J (2014) Occurrence of S. aureus and Salmonella spp. in raw beef. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research. 5(9):1541-1544.
  • B. Sunil, Divya Rani Thomas, C. Latha and H. Shameem (2014). Assessment of parasitic contamination of raw vegetables in Mannuthy, Kerala state, India, Veterinary World 7(4): 253-256.
  • Latha, C, CJ Anu, VJ Ajaykumar, B Sunil . 2017. Prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella enterica Typhimuriumin meat and meat products using multiplex PCR. Vet. Wld. 10: 927-929.
  • GowdaTanuja, KGM, C. Latha, B. Sunil and van DammeInge. (2017). Occurrence and Antibiotic susceptibility of Listeria spp. and Staphylococcus aureus in cattle slaughter houses of Kerala, South India. Food borne pathogens and Disease. 14 (10). 2293
  • H. D. Vanitha, C. Sethulekshmi and C. Latha. An epidemiological investigation on occurrence of EnterohaemorrhagicEscherichia coli in raw milk. 2018. Veterinary World. 11(8): 1164-1170
  • C. Sethulekshmi, C. Latha and C.J. Anu. 2018. Occurrence and quantification of shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli from food matrices. Veterinary World, 11 (2): 104-11
  • Hebbal M. A, Latha C, Vrinda Menon K, Deepa J (2020) Occurrence of oxytetracycline residues in milk samples from Palakkad, Kerala, India, Veterinary World, 13(6): 1056-1064.
  • Vrinda, K. M., Sunil, B. and Latha, C. 2021. Prevalence and antibiotic resistance profile of Listeria spp. Associated with seafoods from fish catchment areas in Kerala. Vet. World. 14(3): 777-783
  • Prasad, M. C. B., Milton, A. A. P., Menon, V. K., Ghatak, S., K. Srinivas, K. M. Momin, S. L. Vineesha, S. Das, A. Sen, C. Latha, B. Sunil, D. Jolly. 2023. Saltatory rolling circle amplification assay for simple and visual detection of Listeria monocytogenes in milk and milk products. Int. Dairy J. 137: 105498

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