Num & Useh 2013

Nanotechnology applications in veterinary diagnostics and therapeutics

SM Num1& NM Useh2*

1.        Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria

2.        Department of Veterinary Pathology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

*Correspondence: Tel.:2348126945597, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Livestock is an important component of the economy of most countries of the world, as it provides some foreign exchange earnings for social amenities and general development. Disease has been a major setback in livestock production and new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches have evolved over time to strictly identify and treat diseases of animals for the purpose of increased protein supply for human nutrition. In the search for improved diagnostic methodologies, livestock disease diagnostics and therapeutics have moved from the traditional methods to molecular and currently nanotechnology. In this contribution, the authors identified the importance of nanotechnology in veterinary diagnostics and therapeutics and suggest that nanotechnology should be combined with molecular diagnostics and therapeutics to boost the efficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases for improved protein supply and food security.

Keywords:Applications, Nanotechnology, Review,Veterinary diagnostics, Veterinary therapeutics.


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