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The National Taiwan University, College of Bio-Resources & Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Medicine

This predecessor of National Taiwan University was Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University, founded by the Japanese in 1928. At present, there are totally 11 colleges. Department of Veterinary Medicine belongs to the College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture. There are 17,724 students in bachelor classes, 9,000 in MS programs, and 3,853 in PhD programs.
This Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) program was first established in 1942 during World War II as a 3-year program at Taipei Imperial University. In 1945, only 7 Japanese students graduated, and in 1946 only 8 Japanese students graduated.
After World War II the university was reestablished as National Taiwan University (NTU), and a 4-year program commenced in 1946, as a section in the department of animal science and veterinary medicine. By 1959 a 5-year program commenced as independent “Department of Veterinary Medicine”. By 1968 a Master of Veterinary Science (MVS) degree program was established, and by 1977 a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program in Veterinary Medical Science was established. By 1990, the size of student body started to double within a five-year period, so did the faculty size. By 1995, a new veterinary teaching hospital commenced with 8,521 square meters floor and more than 20,000 case loads yearly. By 1998, the veterinary teaching program at NTU was accredited by Hong Kong bureau of veterinary service, and NTU veterinary graduates are allowed to register and practice, without the need for further training, in Hong Kong and other greater Chinese communities.
National Taiwan University currently ranks, by the Thames, as the top 102 university in the world. Another study also ranks NTU at the top 19 in greater Asia, and at top 1 within greater Chinese community including HK and mainland China. As NTU continues to excel toward the 21st century, one would expect the veterinary teaching programs at NTU to improve accordingly. For example, to promote, on the foundation of the department and graduate institute of veterinary medicine, into a school or College of Veterinary Medicine, which is expected to contain one department (Veterinary Medicine for D.V.M. professional program), five graduate institutes (Pathobiology, Clinical Veterinary Science, Public Health, Basic Veterinary Science and Animal Welfare), and one Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Twenty first century is the century of life science and biotechnology. The goal of all members of this Department and Graduate Institute is to excel in the veterinary domains and to meet these challenges successfully. As we continue to grow, the visibility of these programs will be more prominent than ever. To educate and train students to be quality veterinary clinicians, and to be competent research scientists, public servants, and administrators etc.
The missions of the Veterinary Teaching programs at National Taiwan University (NTU) are to educate and train students to be quality veterinary clinicians, and to be competent research scientists, public servants, and administrators etc. The programs are carried out at the Department/Institute of Veterinary Medicine at NTU, which was founded in 1928, and now ranked by the Thames as the top 102 university in the world. The D.V.M. program was initiated in 1942 and has developed into a 5-year program, where students must finish 182 required credits and 1 year of clinical training before been awarded a veterinary degree. This program has been accredited since 1998 by the Hong Kong bureau of veterinary service, and accreditation by other country is under progress. Clinical training is facilitated by a teaching hospital with more than 20,000 case loads yearly. The department now has 33 full time and 17 adjunct faculties, with 306 professional students and 135 graduate students. Core curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the society and for globalization. A most extensive space renewal has just been completed, and we now have a total of 18,000 square meter of housing floor. Various equipments for clinical, para-clinical, and basic sciences are available allowing a high quality teaching in every aspect. There are also approximately 100 veterinary-related journals accessible at the NTU library or through internet, and students will have exposure to virtually all main stream information worldwide. Graduate programs were initiated in 1968, and the faculties now publish approximately 25 papers yearly in SCI (ISI JCR) listed journals and the number is expected to grow rapidly in the next years. The programs are also supported by extramural research funds approximately 50 million NT dollars yearly. In conclusion, the veterinary programs will continue to grow as the NTU excels toward the 21st century.

Address:
No.1, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd.
Established in: 1942
Chair: Chen-Hsuan Liu
Fax: +886-2-23661475
E-mail: chhsuliu@ntu.edu.tw
www.vm.ntu.edu.tw/

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