Applications of nanotechnology in veterinary therapeutics
NS Meena, YP Sahni, Dinesh Thakur and RP Singh
In the recent years, the application of nanotechnology in human and veterinary medicine has shown a great progress. Nanotechnology holds a major promise for animal health, veterinary medicine and other areas of animal production. Application of nanotechnology in medicine involves employing nanoparticles to deliver drugs, heat, light or other substances to specific types of cells such as cancer cells. There are varieties of nanomaterials that are probed nowadays for their probable use in diverse applications such asnanoshells (to destroy cancer cells using IR radiations), aluminosilicate nanoparticles (to reduce bleeding), carbon nanotubes (sensors and drug delivery), gold nanoparticles (diagnosis andlabeling agents), nanocrystalline silver (antimicrobial agent), nanorobots (individual cell repair) and iron oxide nanoparticles (improved MRI imaging). In the upcoming years, nanotechnology research will reform the science and technology of the animal health and will help to boost up the livestock production. Veterinary nanotechnology has the potential to improve diagnosis, treatment and also to provide new tools for molecular and cellular breeding.