The Department of Animal Science celebrates more than six decade of incomparable service to the nation. At the inception, a Department of Animal Husbandry was established in 1948 with the commencement of higher education in Agriculture in Sri Lanka under the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science of the then University of Ceylon. When a fully pledged faculty was established for Agriculture in 1972, the Department of Animal Husbandry was one of its six academic Departments and taught in both agriculture and veterinary students. In 1980, the Department was renamed as the Department of Animal Science and continues to be one of the oldest three departments of the Faculty.

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