Philosophy/Objective

PHILOSOPHY
The Master of Science (M.Sc) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree programmes of the Department of Veterinary Obstetrics and Reproductive Diseases are designed to give the students comprehensive knowledge in a specialized area of veterinary reproduction, with emphasis on Andrology and Artificial Insemination, Veterinary Gynaecology, Veterinary Obstetrics and Reproductive Biotechnology. The programmes provide students with knowledge of the basics of specialized obstetrics and animal reproductive health science, and recent advances in obstetric practices and animal reproduction procedures such as pregnancy diagnosis, artificial insemination, reproductive biotechnology, embryo transfer and semen collection, evaluation and preservation, and general assisted reproductive techniques.

OBJECTIVES
The postgraduate programmes of the Department of Veterinary Obstetrics and Reproductive Diseases lead to the award of M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Veterinary Obstetrics and Animal Reproduction (Theriogeniology). Reproduction is a critical component of animal production, and reproductive diseases are a major concern in Veterinary Medicine. Hence the need to further train Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) holders in specialized obstetrical science and reproductive health problems of animals. This shall enable the graduates to contribute significantly to specialized animal health care delivery, research in the area of obstetrics and animal reproduction and reproductive health management for the overall increase in animal production.
The programme provides students with knowledge of the basics of specialized obstetrics and animal reproductive health science, and recent advances in obstetric practices and animal reproduction procedures such as pregnancy diagnosis, artificial insemination, reproductive biotechnology, embryo transfer and semen collection, evaluation and preservation, and general assisted reproductive techniques.
The M.Sc. degree programme is carried out by coursework and project report mode, while the Ph.D. programme is prosecuted by comprehensive research to be embodied in a thesis. Candidates shall further be required to present seminars on their research project and orally defend their project report (M.Sc) or thesis (Ph.D) before an external examiner as condition for graduation.
The areas of specialization for postgraduate studies in the Department of Veterinary Obstetrics and Reproductive Diseases include: (i) Andrology, (ii) Gynaecology, (iii) Obstetrics, and (iv) Reproductive Biotechnology. Students are required to choose an area of specialization on advice of their prospective supervisors.
Successful completion of the postgraduate study in the Department prepares the graduate for academic and research careers in tertiary institutions, research institutes, specialist and consultancy services in the Animal Health Divisions of the Federal and State Ministries of Agriculture, Veterinary Medical Centres, Clinics and Hospitals, private and public livestock industries and law enforcement agencies.