The Ghana Veterinary Medical Student’s Association (GVMSA) , Legon organized its maiden Vet Week Celebration (2022) from Wednesday, 9th March 2022 to Friday, 11th March, 2022 with the theme: “Building the Capacity of Veterinary Students – Now and Future”.
The launch was chaired by the Acting Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Richard Hope Otsyina. In his address, Dr. Otsyina mentioned that Veterinary Week celebrations had come to stay and entreated all students actively participate in the coming years celebrations.
Delivering the keynote address on the theme, Dr. Ben Enyetornye, an Assistant Lecturer of the school talked about the three stakeholders required to build the capacity of veterinary students. They include,the veterinary students, the school management and the government. He stressed on the role of students in building their own capacity by being ready to acquire the needed knowledge and skills, being hungry for knowledge; investing in books, instruments and equipment and being willing to undertake voluntary services. He also admonished the school’s management to provide the needed facilities, equipment and instruments to enhance proper training of students; the need for a strong and vibrant faculty, provide continuing education for graduated doctors and also facilitate student exchange programmes. He also stated that the school should liaise with the government in getting decisions about the school taken. He summarized his keynote address by informing the students about the emerging awareness and attractiveness of the DVM programme,hence encouraging them to constantly work on their skills, knowledge and communication as they are catalysts to ensure their success.
Other activities of the Vet Week 2022 were talk sessions on the Vet and entrepreneurship and balancing academics with love relationships delivered by Dr. Frederick Ntiamoah and Mr. Ralph Opoku-Mensah respectively. These talks empowered the students and enlightened them on the prospects of their profession and life out of school.
Also, Inter-level Vet quizzes as well as Variety,Movie and Karaoke Nights were organized to help the students relax and destress.
Students embarked on a free anti-rabies vaccination at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital on the second day with about 20 dogs getting vaccinated.
STUDENTS EMBARKING ON RABIES VACCINATION
The last day was crowned with inter-levels sporting activites. It was an exciting day with various games and kenkey party to climax the Vet week 2022 celebrations.