UniJos inducts 16 veterinary doctors

From Teryima Ajijah, Jos

University of Jos on Thursday graduated and inducted 16 Doctors of Veterinary Medicine/Surgeons during the maiden oath taking ceremony of veterinary medicine students, held at the permanent site of the university in Jos.

President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr Aishatu Abubakar, in a speech, charged the newly inducted veterinary doctors to at all times renew their operational license annually, and observe ethics of the profession and continue education in veterinary practice.

She said defaulters can be sanctioned and made to face disciplinary actions as enshrined in the code of conduct.

Dr Abubakar also cautioned the doctors to treat all animals with dignity, but must be careful not to contract diseases.

Addressing, the inductees, acting Registrar, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr Nurulla Abubakar,  charged them to carefully handle diseases that can transmit from animal to human as a means of ensuring public health.

According to the registrar, emerging diseases of animals do transmit to humans, thereby creating harm to people who mingle with them; which veterinary doctors stand the chance of being the first victims due to their profession.

In his remark, Vice Chancellor, university of Jos, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, thanked the students for their resilience in studying in the new facility of veterinary medicine.

Prof. Ishaya informed that management of the university is proud of the lecturers, who have schooled the students into what they have become today.

The VC said the university authority shall ensure that all the newly created 6 faculties at the university are equipped with necessary facilities for better learning.

Guest Speaker of the induction ceremony, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, appreciated veterinary doctors in Nigeria for providing healthy animals for human consumption.

Prof. Bogoro, who is the immediate past Executive Secretary of TETFund acknowledged that veterinary medicine was a difficult course to study, because they deal with patients who do not communicate verbally, but still succeed in treating them.

Prof. Bogoro urged the doctors to engage in more research to create jobs, rather than look for employment. “You have the capacity to create wealth for yourselves and Nigeria as a country, because the knowledge you acquired, only a very few persons have,” he stated.

The guest speaker commended University of Jos for establishing the faculty of Veterinary medicine, which he noted, is rated the best in the country currently.

Earlier, the Dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Jos, Prof. Lami Lombin, in a welcome address, said the graduands performed wonderfully well in their studies, because only 16, out the 42 who gained admission to study the course graduated.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the 16 graduands seated here today were part of 42 students admitted into the Veterinary Degree Programme in 2014. These cluster who were refined through the curriculum of the veterinary programme have emerged amongst the best. Among the graduands being inducted into the veterinary profession today, six emerged as commendation students with a CGPA of 4.50 and above. Of this, three are ladies, thus making their dean, deputy dean and all female staff proud,” she maintained.

She revealed that the faculty is business oriented, saying: “Thus, our curriculum was designed to be market-oriented, matching the needs of industry, farmers, growers, and the society at large. Graduates must be capable of becoming employers of labour, display critical problem-solving skills and be able to conduct scientific research.”

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