History

REVISED UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME FOR THE AWARD OF THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE (DVM)

PROGRAMME TITLE: DOCTOR VETERINARY MEDICINE (DVM)

Brief History and Development of the Veterinary Faculty
An academic programme in Veterinary profession at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka started with a Higher Diploma in Animal Health and Husbandry in 1963, just 3 years after the opening of the University. At the beginning of the 1966/67 Academic Year, a degree programme, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) was started but was disrupted by the Nigerian Civil War. At the end of the war in 1970, the DVM programme was revived with an initial intake of about twenty students. Between 1970 and 1980, the programme operated as part of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, first as a single Department and by 1975/76 with three Departments. The Veterinary programme attained a Faculty status in 1980 with a concomitant expansion to 6 Departments: Vet. Anatomy; Vet Physiology, Pharmacology and Animal Production; Vet Parasitology and Entomology; Vet. Pathology, Microbiology and Public Health; Vet. Medicine; and Vet. Surgery and Obstetrics. Some 24 years later, in compliance with and fulfillment of the recommendations and demands of Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Visitation Teams, three new Departments – Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Animal Health and Production; and Veterinary Obstetrics and Reproductive Diseases, were carved our from some of the conglomerate Departments, bringing the number of Departments to 9.