The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Maiduguri was established on 1st October, 1981 with fifteen staff members. The first meeting between the Vice Chancellor and staff members on 16th October, 1981 was of historical importance when it was decided that admission to the Veterinary Degree Course would take place from October, 1982 and in the meantime all laboratory facilities and other infrastructures would be created for ideal practical teaching. The Faculty started with seven academic Departments and then later Veterinary Teaching Hospital was created in 1985. In 2016, additional Departments were created bringing the total number of Departments to ten. These include Departments of Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, and Theriogenology; and then the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Presently, the Faculty has over 100 academic staff running a six-year programme leading to the award Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. All ten Departments also run post graduate programmes. The University is the only institution in the North-eastern Nigeria that is running DVM degree and is regulated by both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN). Over the years the Faculty has trained veterinarians not only in Nigeria but also from some African countries such Cameroun, Niger and Chad.
As Borno State and its adjoining State have a very large population of livestock, especially large and small ruminants, the philosophy of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the training of sufficient number of Veterinarians to explore and cater for the meat and milk potentials of these valuable animals, which are mainly owned by the nomads Fulanis, Shuwa-Arabs and Kanuris (Koyam) of the area and beyond. In addition it undertakes research programmes to prevent and eradicate major infectious diseases and other herd health problems of livestock and other pet animals.
The mission and vision of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is to produce well trained and highly motivated Veterinary graduates who are well equipped to embark on successful career in Veterinary practice, public health and preventive medicine, biomedical and livestock industries, academics and research. The Veterinary programme shall be to achieve and sustain high national and international standards in Teaching and Research and promote excellence through:
|Department||Number of Student|
|Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry||--|
|Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology||--|
|Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine||--|
|Veterinary Surgery and Theriogenology||--|
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