Veterinary Medicine graduates of the University of Abuja will be registered only if they meet the required standards, the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) has insisted.
Mr Markus Avong, tttthe Acting Registrar of the council, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Avong said that the council could only register graduates after they had acquired practical knowledge of the course.
He also said that until the required infrastructure for clinical practice were put in place, the institution may not get accreditation for the course.
“There are certain things you need to put on ground that meet the minimum standards of the council.
“What we are waiting for is for them to put all those things that are required for clinical practice in order.
“Once you do that, the council comes, looks at them and they are in order, nothing will stop you from getting the accreditation.”
NAN recalls that the Ministry of Education recently suspended four courses in the institution — Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Agriculture — due to the lack of accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
However, following a review of the order, the Federal Government directed that students of the affected faculties may be transferred to other institutions, if at the end of six months the university authorities were unable to meet the accreditation requirements.
Avong underscored the importance of ensuring that the Veterinary Medicine students in particular, acquired practical knowledge of the course in order to meet the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) standard.
He stressed that having the facilities and the competent lecturers was the only way to achieve the level of competence required by the organisation.
The registrar also noted that Veterinary Medicine graduates, like any other professionals in the country, faced serious employment challenges.
He, however, said that due to the versatility of the profession, it was possible to work with both government and the private sector.
“You can work with the military, police and the Custom Service. There are quite a number of them with the Civil Defence; they are manning the dog sections in these areas.
“Apart from being employed in government services for real veterinary activity, quite a number are into private veterinary practices.”
- Daily Trust