|  
Welcome
Animal Breeding & Physiology
Navigation

Animal Breeding & Physiology

Animal Breeding & Physiology

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Content

Course Content

Course Outline

Course Outline

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Staff

Staff

Department of Animal Breeding and Physiology

 

Even though over 50 percent of the world’s livestock population is found in the tropics, animal protein consumption rate is abysmally low and short of recommended levels. Malnutrition is common in these regions in the face of increasing human populations and associated increase in the cost of animal products. Animal productivity is generally low in the humid tropics due to the fact that the abundant animal genetic resources – the tropical breeds in the various species are generally unimproved.

The success of the livestock industry in the humid tropics especially in Nigeria is highly dependent on a proper understanding of the genetics and physiology of the tropical breeds of livestock and their interaction with their native environment, described often as “harsh”; as well as the application of modern advances in animal breeding and physiology to improve these animals. These techniques will bring about the maximization of growth, reproductive efficiency and productivity as well as profitability. Local farmers will also benefit from such improvement programmes.

With the need to promote sound basic scientific training, promote and emphasize teaching, research and extension as part of the objectives, mission and mandate of our University, a separate Department of Animal Breeding and Physiology was created in 2005 to meet the challenges in modern animal agriculture.

Prof. N.I. Dim

B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D, Dsc (Sweden)

Head of Department
Philosophy And Objectives

The Department of Animal Breeding and Physiology offers

  1. The Bachelor of Agriculture degree option in Animal Breeding and Physiology (B. Agric. Animal Breeding and Physiology)
  2. A Master of Science degree program in :
  1. Animal Breeding and Genetics (MSc. Animal Breeding and Genetics)
  2. Animal Physiology (MSc. Animal Physiology), and
  1. Doctor of Philosophy Programme in
  2. Animal Breeding and Genetics (Ph.D. Animal Breeding and Genetics)
  3. Animal Physiology (Ph.D. Animal Physiology).

The philosophy of the Department in all programmes is to  provide students with a proper understanding of the science and practice of their chosen options through the provision  of specialized knowledge and techniques, then guiding theme in the utilization and application of modern scientific knowledge and biotechnological skills to foster the improvement of  tropical breeds of livestock, increase animal protein supply in the diets of people, assist farmers to benefit more from their animals as well as contribute positively and meaningfully to the national economy.
The broad objectives of the Department therefore are:

  1. The production of quality and highly skilled graduates
  2. The production of quality and highly skilled Masters degree holders and
  3. The production of quality and highly skilled Doctor of Philosophy holders
  4. Problem solving and target group oriented research and
  5. Extension services to the community

Graduates and higher degree holders of the Department are groomed to be adequate in learning and character and equipped to find fulfillment in self employment or in the diverse job opportunities in the livestock industry, academics, research and related industries.