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Makerere University Veterinary Medicine

Makerere University Veterinary Medicine

Makerere University Veterinary Medicine

Stimulated by national and international developments and the need for evidence-based training and learning, we have focused our research and training energy into six major thematic areas i.e. Animal Health, Productivity and Value Chains; Animal Biotechnology, Biologics and Vaccine Development; Public Health, Zoonoses and Bio-security; Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism Management; Climate Change, Eco-system Health and Socio-economics, and Natural Products, Alternative and Complementary Medicines. As a rule, FVM research projects provide training opportunity and experiential learning for both graduate and undergraduate students. Research findings are published locally and internationally. Besides training and research, the faculty provides consultancy and extension services to the community, providing a learning exposure to both students and staff.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM), Makerere University, by far the oldest and leading academic veterinary institution in the region, is Uganda’s number one academic, research and education pillar in the animal and associated industries. Her primary mandates are - training, research and outreach services. The FVM was established in 1922 as a technical certificate training unit of Makerere College that was later upgraded to veterinary diploma training department in 1949 under British colonial rule. From 1953, the department offered a Veterinary degree of the University of London until 1963 when it reverted to the University of East Africa. The Makerere University Act of 1970 established it as a legal entity that became the Makerere University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1971. In between the 70s and 90s, guided by a public-sector led economy, the FVM’s primary aim was to produce quality veterinary degree graduates to serve in the state sponsored veterinary departments across the country.

Mission

To provide quality human and biomedical resources, generate and disseminate knowledge in animal health and production, wildlife management through teaching, research and service for sustainable development.

Vision

A centre of excellence for teaching, research and services in animal health and production, wildlife and biomedical sciences.

Paradigm shifts and strategic direction

With globalization and alterations in macro-economic policies, the public outcry for a development-oriented University, crave for competences that transform young generations into entrepreneurial and useful citizens, the demands for poverty eradication and creation of sustainable livelihoods, the FVM has transformed. In line with Uganda’s 2030 strategic vision: “prosperous nation, beautiful country, and harmonious people,” and the Makerere University Strategic plan, the faculty’s vision and mission evolved. FVM now envisions her purpose as to capacitate people and empower communities while fostering sustainable development through impact-oriented research, training and offering services in animal and related agricultural, biomedical and wildlife tourism industries. The goal is to contribute to improved well-being of Ugandans and sustainable economic growth. FVM has shifted from being a mono-degree institution, offering the state sponsored classical Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree, to a multi-degree and multifunction service institution offering diverse demand driven undergraduate and graduate training programs, research and development outreach services. 


The FVM 10-point paradigm shift principles include transforming from being:

  • An Academic to Development Institution (Academic & Strategic Programs);
  • Veterinary-medical to Holistic Veterinary Science and Education;
  • Degree to Holistic (both Degree & Non-degree) education;
  • Training for stakeholders to Training with stakeholders;
  • National to International Accreditation;
  • Single awards to Joint degree awards;
  • Dependent to Self-reliant institution;
  • Disciplinary to Problem solving (Multi-disciplinary) programs;
  • Employee (Ivory tower) to Employer (Entrepreneurial) graduates and staff; and
  • A Faculty to a Constituent Regional Veterinary College of Makerere University.

This strategic direction, which, has the blessing of government and international partners, has indeed led to an increase (>400%) in student enrolment from 150 students in 1998 to 700 in 2009. With vigorous integration of E-learning Technology, FVM’s strategic student enrolment target in demand-driven programs is 2000 by the year 2018.

Short Courses

1. ANIMAL NUTRITION & FEEDING (1 Week)

Feed stuff classification; feed formulation; analysis and pasture establishment; conservation of feed resources; use of computers in animal nutrition.

2. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION (AI) FOR FIELD TECHNICIANS (2 Weeks)

Scope of AI; review of bovine female reproduction; detection of pregnancy; collection; evaluation; preservation; storage and transport of semen; AI hygiene; AI technique; recording; follow-up; linking with veterinarians; breeding policies.

3. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION (AI) FOR FIELD VETERINARIANS (2 Weeks)

Advantages and limitations of AI; review of bovine female reproduction; detection of pregnancy general information on collection; evaluation; preservation; storage and transport of semen. Hygiene; AI technique; recording; follow-up; fertility evaluation; Diagnosis and treatment of common reproductive disorders; organisation of sexual health control programme supervision and breeding policies.

4. OBSTETRICAL PROCEDURES IN FOOD ANIMALS (10 Days)

Physiology; anatomy and clinical disorders of pregnancy; causes and management of dystocia in cattle; management of clinical disorders of the puerperium.

5. REPRODUCTIVE HERD HEALTH & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT (2 Weeks)

Goals of reproductive efficiency in herds/flocks; reproductive herd health; recording; monitoring reproductive health.

6. UDDER HEALTH MANAGEMENT (10 days)

Factors predispose dairy cattle to mastitis; monitoring mastitis; pharmacodynamics and management of clinical mastitis; mastitis control programmes.

7. ESSENTIAL SURGICAL SKILLS FOR FOOD ANIMAL PRACTICE – ESSFAP (10 days)

Restraint and anaesthesia; Wound treatment; Laparotomy; fore stomachs and intestinal surgery; caesarean section; teaser bull preparation; udder and teat surgery; lameness-fore and hind limb surgery; ophthalmic surgery and delivery of clinical services.

8. INTEGRATED CLINICAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES COURSE (11 DAYS)

Significance of history taking with reference to reported clinical cases; detection of clinical signs; aids to physical examination; detailed examinations of suspicious systems; analysis of specimens: instrumentation; physiological tests; clinical diagnosis haematology.

Collection; preservation and dispatch of samples; processing samples for bacteriological and mycological investigations; some common; sample processing for staining; culturing; biochemical reactions; serological tests; hazards of infectivity of samples.
Review of gross and histopathological lesions of important animal diseases; gross necropsy techniques to facilitate further laboratory investigations like histopathology and microbiology; selection; taking; preservation and dispatch of specimens for laboratory exanimations; rabies diagnosis; recording and interpretation of lesions of important diseases in Uganda; hygiene and zoonoses.

9. TICK-BORNE DISEASES AND DIP MANAGEMENT  (2 Weeks)

Taxonomy and identification of important ticks; tick physiology; ecology and vector biology; epidemiology of babesiosis; anaplasmosis; cowdriosis and east coast fever; clinical and parasitological diagnosis of TBDs; present control strategies and future projections the Uganda law on tick control; acaricides; resistance of ticks to acaricides; economics of tick and tick-borne diseases control; integrated management of ticks

10. VECTOR BORNE DISEASES – TRYPANOSOMIASIS (1 Week)

Species and identification of important vectors; physiology; ecology and vector biology; biology and ecology of transmitted parasites; epidemiology of trypanosomiasis; diagnosis of trypanosomiasis; tsetsecides; economics of tsetse and trypanosomiasis control programmes; host resistance to tsetse and its mechanisms; integrated management of tsetse.

11. DIAGNOSTIC BACTERIOLOGY & MYCOLOGY COURSE (2 Weeks)

Structure; taxonomy and biology of bacterial; Sterilisation and dis-infection; culture media; culture; isolation; enumeration and identification of bacteria; sample collection; storage; and diagnosis of bacterial infections; important bacterial diseases; modern diagnosis of bacterial infections.

Laboratory properties; significance of important mycoses; viable count.

12. APPLIED VIROLOGY COURSE (2 Weeks)

Introduction to virology; safety in a diagnostic virology laboratory; virus structure; taxonomu and biology; virus induced changes in cells; pathogenesis; epidemiology of viral infections; handling of specimens for isolation and identification of viruses; laboratory diagnosis of viral infections; Isolation of viruses; serological diagnosis; modern laboratory diagnosis

13. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY DIAGNOSTIC COURSE (2 Weeks)

Introduction to molecular; Nucleic acid handling; purification and characterisation; recombinant DNA technologies; DNA cloning; genetic engineering; PCR.

14. THE DIAGNOSIS & CONTROL OF CBPP (1 Week)

History; epidemiology of CBPP; pathogenesis; clinical diagnosis; principles of vaccine production and quality control; therapy and control of CBPP.

15. THE DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL OF RINDERPEST (2 Weeks)

History of rinderpest in general and in Uganda in particular; the epidemiology of rinderpest; immunology; control sero-monitoring and the PARC programme in Uganda; vaccine production and quality control; clinical diagnosis and pathogenesis; laboratory diagnosis.

16. COMMERCIAL POULTRY MANAGEMENT (CPM) IN UGANDA (1 Week)

Introduction; types of commercial poultry production in Uganda; basics of poultry management; feed formulation; diseases prevention and management.

17. THE DIAGNOSIS & CONTROL OF POULTRY DISEASES (1 Week)

Anatomy of the fowl with reference to systems for diagnostic importance; sources of disease; principles of disease control and prevention; management and nutritional requirements; principles of post-mortem examination; practical post mortem examination and interpretation of the results; diagnosis and control of digestive; respiratory; lymphoreticular and nervous systems; external parasites; causes of mortality in chicks.

18. HELMINTH PROBLEMS CONTROL (1 WEEK)

Biology of helminths of veterinary importance; collection; preservation and diagnosis of helminth problems; pathogenesis and economies of helmith infection: host parasite population ecology; implications; pathogenesis of fasciola infections, parasitic gastro-emnteritis (PGE) and parasitic bronchitis; helminths of public health importance epidemiology; problems; control principles and methods.

19. WILDLIFE AND DISEASES (10 Days)

Uganda’s wildlife resource; Investigation of wildlife diseases; wildlife management techniques; captive animal husbandry; veterinary aspects of translocation. Importance of wildlife diseases in Africa; game farming; ranching and domestication; fish farming and fish farm management.

20. MANAGING UGANDA’S RANGELANDS FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION (2 Weeks)

Utilisation and control of natural resource cycles; domestic, wild, terrestrial and aquatic animal resources; adaptation and its significance; selection of the most adaptive yet most productive animals; integration of production and utilisation systems; wild life utilisation; improved feeding systems; modern reproductive techniques; marketing and animal health economics; organisation of range-land owners.

21. MEAT HYGIENE; CUTTING & PROCESSING COURSE FOR BUTCHERS (2 Weeks)

Butchery construction; equipment and operations; hygiene rules for facilities; equipment and personnel in the meat industries; meat cutting; biochemical changes in meat; meat processing and preservation; occupational injuries; infections and zoonoses.

22. APPLIED FOOD MICROBIOLOGY (2 Weeks)

Introduction; micro-organisms in food; growth of micro-organisms in foods; microbiological spoilage of specific biotoxins in foods; epidemiology of food borne infections; microbiological monitoring of foods; molecular biology in food analysis; hygiene of animal food production; quality assurance; safety and risk assessment; food legislation.

23. MONITORING; PREVENTION & CONTROL OF FOOD SPOILAGE (2 weeks)

Introduction to the laboratory; quality control; preparation of food samples; milk microbiology; fundamental methods; salmonella evaluation and confirmation; preparation of a food sample; E.coli evaluation; decontamination of laboratory wastes.

24. MANAGEMENT & PRACTICE OF LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY ENTREPRENEURSHIP (2 Weeks)

Fundamentals of management and business planning; budgeting; working capital management; marketing skills; managing and controlling finances; tendering and consultancy skills; client-oriented extension skills.

25. INFORMATICS IN THE FEED & ANIMAL INDUSTRY (2 Weeks)

Linear programming; feed formulations tools; modelling nutrient recycling; computerised feed production; information systems and accounting models; system diagnosis & trouble shooting; animal condition scoring; range feed resource scoring; managing stress in production systems; social methods in nutrition; computer applications in anthropometry; planning tools and models for sub Saharan Africa.

26. LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT PLANNING & MANAGEMENT (4 WEEKS)

Global ecosystem concerns in livestock and rural development; livestock production systems; socio-economics of livestock development; livestock development policies; rural sociology; planning sustainable District livestock herds.

27. VETERINARY SERVICES MANAGEMENT (1 Week)

Project planning and appraisal; marketing; administration; personnel management and conflict resolution; practice management.

Programmes for MAAIF Short Courses at Makerere University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Working Course Title Days (Duration)
Livestock Development Planning and Management 14
Applied Techniques in Animal Husbandry & Feeding Management (Phase 1) 14
Micro-finance Management for Integrated Livestock Development 7
Applied Techniques in Animal Breeding & Breeding Management 15
Planning and Management of Veterinary Public Health 10
Quality Management and Legislation of Veterinary Services 12
Meat safety and Grading (Phase 1) 7
Meat safety and Grading (Phase 2) 7
Meat safety and Grading(Phase 3) 7
Livestock Information Management Systems 7
Applied Techniques in Animal Husbandry & Feeding Management (Phase 2) 14
Diagnosis and Management of Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases
14

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Technology 

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