By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—THE Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Professor Francis Otunta has charged new graduates of Veterinary Medicine from the institution to practice the profession in strict compliance with the ethics of the profession.
Otunta who spoke at the ceremony to administer Veterinary Oath to the graduants by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, VCN, reminded them that the professional oath “requires that “you use your scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of the society, prevent animal diseases, relieve animal suffering, improve animal production, promote public health and advance veterinary knowledge.”
Otunta said that the institution attaches great importance to the training of Veterinary Doctors by supporting all programmers and activities directed towards the enhancement of research, teaching and learning in the college.
To this end, he said that very senior and eminent professors and lecturers in the various departments were recruited which made it possible for the VCN to accredit all the programmes, pointing out that even “the Postgraduate programme of the College has taken off in the 2015/2016 session”.
The Vice Chancellor commended the Veterinary Council of Nigeria “for meticulously following the university’s MOUAU training programme and monitoring as well as our professional examinations from inception to ensure that we produced quality graduates of Veterinary Medicine”.
Administering the oath, of the Council Registrar Dr. A. M Avong, who represented the President of the Council, Professor G. H. Sharubutu told the new doctors that they were graduating at a challenging time when the economy is dwindling and government diversifying it with emphasis on agriculture.
“Therefore wherever you are, try to turn the economy from the perspective of agriculture via Veterinary Medicine. You must abide by the Veterinary Practice ethics, as your registration is provisional, the main Registration Certificate will follow in July 2017 after your expected successful probation”, he charged them.
It was learnt that out the forty students that were admitted to study the course six years ago, only ten of them graduated.