I warmly welcome you to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine located within the serene and hilly environment of Nsukka campus of the University of Nigeria. The veterinary profession in the University of Nigeria started in 1963 with a Higher Diploma in Animal Health and Production while the program leading to the award of the professional degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) started at the beginning of the 1966/67 Academic year. The DVM professional program was disrupted by the Nigerian Civil War but was revived at the end of the war in 1970. The program initially operated as part of the then Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences until 1980 when it was up graded to full Faculty status. Presently, there are nine departments in the Faculty and together with other academic, research and service support units like the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Veterinary Teaching Farm and the Faculty Library are engaged in the training of veterinary students in their progression through the six-year professional DVM program. All the departments in the Faculty also have well established programs involving various research activities that lead to the award of postgraduate degrees (M.Sc., M. V. Sc. and Ph.D.) in various aspects of the veterinary profession.
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 – and Production; and Veterinary Obstetrics and Reproductive