Our History

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

In the 1990s, the Dean of the then Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ghana, Emeritus Professor E. V. Doku, initiated discussion on the possibility of training veterinary surgeons in Ghana.  For many years, various stakeholder groups including the Ghana Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), the Veterinary Council of Ghana and some Senior Members belonging to the veterinary profession, including the late Professors E N W Oppong and R Assoku, suggested the establishment of a School of Veterinary Medicine within the University of Ghana.  For a variety of reasons, this did not materialize.

 

In January 2006, the Veterinary Council of Ghana requested the University of Ghana to consider establishing a School of Veterinary Medicine for the training of veterinarians in Ghana.  The National Council for Tertiary Education gave approval in principle for the establishment of the School in the 2008/2009 Academic Year, subject to the details being approved by the Academic Board.

 

The process could not be completed early enough for the programme to start in the 2008/2009 Academic Year as planned.  However, the first batch of 10 students enrolled in the 2009/10 Academic Year for the 6-year DVM programme and will be graduating in June 2015.

 

GOAL OF THE SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

The overall goal of the SVM is to train and equip veterinary professionals to manage, control and prevent diseases of livestock, companion animals or pets, wildlife or exotic animals and in addition, to prevent and control diseases which are transmissible from animals to humans.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

The specific objectives of the SVM are as follows:

1.     To train Veterinary Surgeons who will recognize and adequately treat diseases of livestock and companion animals in Ghana, thereby promoting the health and well-being of these animals.

2.     To train Veterinary Surgeons who will carry out disease surveillance, control and prevention of diseases of animals including those of wild animals and to prevent epidemics.

3.     To train Veterinarians who will carry out research at the highest level in biomedical research institutions in Ghana and worldwide.

4.     To train Veterinarians who will be able to accurately detect, control and prevent diseases of animals which are transmissible to humans and thus prevent epidemics of such diseases and promote human health and wellbeing.

5.     To provide basic training in Veterinary Sciences as a pre-requisite for those wishing to undertake postgraduate training and specialization in various medical, veterinary and scientific fields.

6.     To help stimulate local development of drugs and vaccines through research.