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 Head
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

Degree                  :                  Doctor of Philosophy

Discipline               :                  Food Hygiene & Veterinary Public Health

Thesis Title            :                  Quantitation and Surveillance of Hormonal Residues in Meat, Milk and Viscera of Food Animals.

Percentage            :                  87%

Year                        :                  2002

University              :                  Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University

Degree                  :                 Master of Veterinary Science

Discipline               :                 Veterinary Public Health

Thesis Title            :                 Effect of Acetic Acid and Propionic Acid on Bacteriological Quality of Beef.

Percentage            :                 90

Year                        :                1994

University              :                Kerala Agricultural University

Degree                  :                Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Year                          :                  1991

Percentage               :                   8.39

University                  :                  Kerala Agricultural University


Area of Research

         Research Interest

  • Zoonoses

  • Food Hygiene and Quality Control of food products

    Research Experience

  • 25 Years of Research Experience.

  • 33 International and 43 National Publications in Referred Journals.

  • 5 Externally Aided Projects and 66 State Plan/KVASU Projects.

  • 30  International and 115 National Confrences and Seminars.

  • 3 Book Publications and 15 Book Chapters.

  • 10 Booklets and 9 Popular Articles.

Work Experience

Work Experience 

  • A total of 24 years of Undergraduate Teaching and 22 Years of Post-Graduate Teaching Experiece.

  • Excellence in P.G. Guidance of a total of 10 Ph.D, 43 M.V.Sc, and 6 M.Sc Students.

Administrative/Organizational governance responsibilities

  • Dean, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy since September 2017

  • Academic council member, KVASU since September 2017.

  • Chariman, Board of Studies since September 2017.

  • Chairperson, Project Co-ordination Committee, CVAS since September 2017.

  • Head of the Department, Veterinary Public Health, CVAS Pookode [03/12/05 - 03/09/09] and Mannuthy from 10/10/09 till date.

  • Implimenting Officer of School of Zoonoses, Public Health, and Pathobiology for a period of 5 years.

  • Head, NABL Laboratory.

  • Director Board Member of University Co-Operative Society for the past 6 years.

  • Co-ordinator of Diploma Courses on Lab Techniques for the past 8 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.

  • Chairman, Faculty Research Council since September 2017.

  • NSS Program Office for 4 years.

  • Charirman, Board of Examinations for the past 13 Years


Awards and Honours

  • K.A.U. Merit scholarship for B.V.Sc & A.H

  • Secured fourth rank for B.V.Sc & A.H Programme

  • I.C.A.R Junior research fellowship for M.V.Sc programme

  • I.C.A.R Senior research fellowship for Ph.D programme

  • Secured second place in GP Sen Endowment award in 2000

  • 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

  • Best poster presentation award in Veterinary Science Congress for the year 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Second Best poster presentation award in Veterinary Science Congress for the year 2015


  1. K Vrinda Menon, Sunil, B., Latha, C., Nithya K R, Ashok Kumar 2015. Listeria monocytogenes biofilms on food contact surfaces under different growth conditions. Global J. Res. Analysis.. 4 (4): 40-41

  2. Binsy Mathew, Vrinda Menon K., Latha, C, Deepa Jolly and Sunil, B 2015. Antimicrobial effect of lipase on the bacterial counts of beef carcass. Int J Rec. Sci. Res. 6(10) : 24-25.

  3. Sethulekshmi, C; Latha, C and Sunil, B. 2016. Occurrence of Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli in raw meat samples in Kerala. Int. J. Advanced Res. Biol. Sci. 3(1) : 220-222

  4. C Latha, CJ Anu, VJ Ajaykumar, B Sunil (2017) Prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella enterica Typhimurium in meat and meat products using multiplex PCR Veterinary world 10 (8), 927

  5. Gowda Tanuja, KGM, Latha, C, Sunil, B and van Damme Inge. (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

  6. Muralikrishna P, Sunil B, Latha, C Archana S.N, Savita R.K, Vanitha H.D and Drishya P. 2017.One health approach in bio-medical waste management. International Journal of Science, Environment and Technology, 6 : 1090 – 1094.

  7. C Sethulekshmi, Latha, C, CJ Anu (2018) Occurrence and quantification of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli from food matrices, Veterinary World, 11 (2): 104-111

  8. AP Joseph, Latha, C.K Vinodkumar, VK Vinod, T Sathu (2018) An Important Approach for Control of Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli by Identification of Contaminating Sources in Beef Production Line. Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App. Sci 7 (1), 1921-1929

  9. K Vinodkumar, PV Tresamol, PM Deepa, C Latha (2018) Comparison of Efficacy of Three Cow Side Tests for the Diagnosis of Subclinical Mastitis in Dairy Cattle.Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 3 (6)

  10. KV Menon, B Sunil, C Latha, K Ashok (2018) Critical control points of Listeria species in two major fish catchment areas of Kerala, India.Veterinary Science Research Journal 8 (1/2), 20-25

  11. Vanitha HD, Sethulekshmi C, Latha C (2018) An epidemiological investigation on occurrence of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli in raw milk, Veterinary World, 11(8): 1164-1170.


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