HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMME FOCUS AND STRUCTURE
The Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi approved the establishment of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and a consultant in the person of Professor D.I Saror was appointed to make a feasibility study of the proposed College by the then Vice Chancellor, Professor E.O. Gyang.
In the year 2000 the National University Commission gave the University approval to start the College and in 2000/2001 academic session, the College took off with a set of 12 Veterinary students who matriculated in August 2001. The pioneer Dean of the College is Prof. A.E J Okoh. Subsequently, the College has had other Deans, D.V. Uza. Prof. J.S. Radio and the current Dean is Prof. P.A. Onyeyili. The annual student intake has been on the increase since August 2001 and now the total student population for DVMI-DVMV students at 139 students.
The student enrolment as at 2008/2009 session stands at a total of 168 made up of the following:
Pre- Professional (100 level) = 29
DVM I (200 level) = 30
DVM II (300 level) = 24
DVM III (400 level) = 58
DVM IV (500 level) = 21
DVM V (600 level) = 6
The Veterinary Council of Nigeria at the moment pegged the annual intake at 30. As for staffing, the College started in 2000/2001 academic session with a pioneer staff of 7, consisting of 2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor and 4 Lecturers. The staff strength has grown considerably over the years and the total academic staff strength now stands at 42 (70%) permanent/contract staff and 18 (30%) visiting/sabbatical/part-time staff.
Block ‘A’ building at South Core of the University was allocated to the College of Veterinary Medicine in the 2000/2001 academic session. However, as far back as 1998, a plan of the various rooms in Block A as class rooms, auditorium, laboratories or staff offices was put in place. Currently the college of Agronomy is operating temporarily from the Block pending completion of their college building.
The pre-clinical Departments of Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry, Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology and Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology were created 2000/2001 academic session while Animal Health and Production Department was created in June 2004. in the 2004/2005 session the Clinical Departments of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Surgery and Theriogenology and Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine were created including the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH).
The college has eight departments and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The various functions and responsibilities of the departments and the VTH are as follows:
The Department of Veterinary Anatomy conducts research and teaching in Veterinary Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Microscopy and Applied Anatomy.
The Department of Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry is responsible for research/teaching/clinics of Physiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmacy, Radiation Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology conducts research and teaching/clinics in Veterinary systemic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Histopathology, Bacteriology/Mycology, Virology and Immunology.
The Department of Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology conducts research and teaching in Helminthology, protozoolgy, and Entomology.
The Department of Animal Health and Production conducts research and teaching in Animal Production, Animal Nutrition, Breeding and livestock Economics and Entrepreneurship.
The Department of Veterinary Medicine conducts research and teaching/clinics in large Animal Medicine, Small Animal Medicine, Avian Medicine, Wildlife/laboratory Animal/Fish Medicine.
The Department of Veterinary Surgery and Theriogenology conducts research and Teaching/Clinics Large Animal Surgery, Small Animal Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Ragiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Artificial Insemination and Andrology.
The Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine conducts research and teaching/ clinics in Epidemiology, Pubic Health, Preventive Medicine and Food Hygiene, and Biostatistics.
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides facilities for teaching/research in clinics for Veterinary students for the CVM. The various departments of the college through the VTH render services ranging from specialized consultation, clinical and diagnostic services to livestock, agro-allied and public health sectors as well as the university farm and the general public.
During the 2005 NUC accreditation visit, the college was given interim accreditation of its pre-clinical and Para-clinical departments and not the entire programme. The 2007 NUC accreditation exercise gave the Doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) programme of the college of Veterinary Medicine an interim accreditation status. In 2009, the veterinary council of Nigeria granted the college full accreditation.