I have a 10 year old cousin who dreams of becoming a veterinarian when he grows up. A noble dream, I must say.
Have you always (or only more recently decided you) wanted to become a veterinarian?
Do you long for the time you can add the suffix- DVM, to your name?
Then while Veterinary medicine is not an easy course to study, it is important to realize that at present only 13 schools (universities) in Nigeria offer Veterinary Medicine as a course.
Below is a list of the Vet Schools in Nigeria. I have tried to include the year they were established. here, you go:
- The University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Oyo State.
The University of Ibadan Governing Council approved the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1961, with the Preclinical and Paraclinical programme at Ibadan and its Clinical unit at VOM. Until 1970, a co-operative arrangement exists with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Full Clinical courses were introduced at Ibadan in 1971. The first set of 13 Veterinarians produced solely by the University of Ibadan graduated in 1972.
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Kaduna State.
- University of Ilorin, Ilorin. Kwara State.
The Senate of the University at its 205th meeting on the 25th December 2009 approved the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The Faculty commenced activity in 2010.
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Enugu State.
The academic program in Veterinary profession at University of Nigeria, Nsukka started with a Higher Diploma in Animal Health and Husbandry in 1963 – just 3 years after the opening of the University. At the beginning of the 1966/67 Academic year, the program leading to the award of the professional degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) was started but this was disrupted by the Nigerian Civil War. At the end of the war in 1970, the DVM program was revived with an initial intake of about twenty students.
- Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. Sokoto State.
- Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi. Benue State.
- University of Maidiguri, Borno. Borno State.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Maiduguri was established on 1st October,1981 with fifteen staff members. The first meeting between the Vice Chancellor and staff members on 16th October,1981 was of historical importance, when it was decided that admission to the Veterinary Degree Course would take place from October,1982 and in the meantime all laboratory facilities and other infrastructures would be created for ideal practical teaching.
- Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. Abia StatAe.
- University of Abuja, FCT.
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Ogun State.
The College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) took off in the 2001/2002 session with 30 students offered admission into the 100 level of the six-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVM) degree programme.
- University of Benin, Benin. Edo State.
- University of Jos, Jos. Plateau State.
The establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine which was long over – due because of a dearth in Veterinary schools in this region, followed comments by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR in a town hall meeting in Jos in 2010 to the effect that he was surprised that the University was not offering this programme. Based on the President’s observation, the Faculty was established in 2013 by the University.
- Onabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State.
According to numerous reports, this Ogun State University will start offering courses in Veterinary Medicine next session.
So, there you have it. I wish you success in your applications!
The history of veterinary medicine in the universities listed above are all from their respective official university websites.