This book is very much useful for the first year students of B.V.Sc. course who are all studying in veterinary colleges all over India. Veterinary Council of India recently changed the syllabus for the veterinary undergraduate students so as to make uniform veterinary curriculum. In this circumstances, Principles of Animal Genetics and Population Genetics, a course in the second semester seems to be a tougher one for the below average as well as average students. At present, there is no single book available to cover all the topics. A student should go through at least six to eight books which were all written in very high standard of English. Students studied in vernacular languages in their school may need a book like this one in simple English, covering all the syllabus. This book deals with History of Genetics, Mendelian genetics, Modifications of mendelian ratios, Epistasis, Linkage & Crossing over, Extra chromosomal Inheritance, Gene concept, Mutation, Chromosomal aberrations, Cytogenetics and Population Genetics. This book is also useful for post graduate students of Animal Genetics and Breeding to face National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitement Board (ASRB), Veterinary graduates who are pursuing competitive exams conducted by State Public Service Commissions and Biology/ Veterinary graduates preparing for Union Public Service Commission.
Dr. R. Thiagarajan, M.V.Sc., Ph.D. is a Associate Professor at Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli-627 001 Tamil Nadu (India)