By Chinenyeh Ozor
Nsukka— Veterinary Council of Nigeria, VCN, has inducted 46 veterinary doctors from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to practice in different fields of the profession in the country and beyond.
Acting Registrar of the council, Dr. Josiah Kantiyok, while administering oath of the profession, urged the inductees to adhere strictly to the code of conduct and avoid misconduct, explaining that any of the inductees caught for misconduct would lose his or her licence.
He spoke at the 38th oath taking ceremony of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka held at Princess Alexandra Auditorium of the university.
According to him, the licence of the council empowers the inductees to practice as veterinary doctors across the country and beyond while any abuse would lead to withdrawal of the licence and renders the doctor powerless.
In his remark, Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof Charles Igwe, said the oath administered on the inductees required them to use the scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the prevention of animal diseases, relief of animal suffering, improve animal production, promote public health and advance veterinary knowledge.
After the ceremony, Dr Dan Okeke, an Abuja-based alumnus of the faculty announced the endowment of 200 birds for the veterinary farm which he promised to return in six months time to buy five of the birds at N10,000 each with another N10, 000 for the breeding, stating that he came to give back to the faculty what it bequeathed upon him decades ago.
He noted that what veterinary profession needed was for members to move forward, acquiring technical skills in various aspects of the profession than rushing to open up clinics to sell drinkers and feeders. “It is unfortunate that what new veterinary doctors do soon after being inducted was to rush and open clinics to sell drinkers, feeders and drugs without caring to work with senior colleagues in the profession to gain wider experience,” he said.With a theme,”Agriculture and Good Governance, Securing Our Future”, the Coordinator noted that the lecture would undertake a constructive general review of the policies geared towards Agriculture, good governance and leadership in Nigeria.