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Mahidol University Faculty of Veterinary Science

As per the 8th National Educational Development Plan, Mahidol University was bestowed the signal honor and responsibility of launching a new Faculty of Veterinary Science, as of 3 October 1997.The faculty has a long and varied history, dating back to 1942, where it was included within the faculty of Medical Science at the University of Medicine (presently Mahidol University) and was under the guidance of the National Department of University Affairs.Thereafter, the faculty was moved to Kasetsat University and was under the tutelage of the Ministry of Agriculture.
As outlined in the 8th national Social and Economic Development Plans, the Royal Thai goverment has enacted policy to promote and support national livestock and fishery development, both for export and domestic consumption. One of the major national challenges in this area is the need to increase the quality and quantity of livestock production. Much of this problem is rooted in the national shortage of qualified veterinarians. To address this need,the National Council of Ministers passed a resolution to increase the number of undergraduate veterinary students. Even if the target of increasing the number of pupils rises from 200 to over 380 pupils a year, the ratio of livestock to veterinarians will still increase. Addressing this need is the central aim of Mahidol's new faculty of Veterinary Science to assist in realizing the goverment's policy of the 8th Social and Economic Development Plan of increasing and improving national livestock and agricultural production.
Using the National Education Plan as a blueprint for advancing the national study of Veterinary Science, Mahidol's Faculty of Veterinary Science looks to employ modern technology into the field while meeting the academic needs of the students. Through these measures, the Faculty should successfully graduate a greater quantity and quality of young veterinarians and animal scientists, and thereby, meet an urgent national human resource need. The Faculty will proudly open its doors to its first entering class in 1999
Mahidol University has its origins in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888 by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), and the hospital’s medical school is the oldest institution of higher learning in Thailand, granting its first medical degree in 1893. Later becoming the University of Medical Sciences in 1943, Mahidol University was renamed with great honor in 1969 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after his Royal Father, H.R.H Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who is widely known as the ‘Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health in Thailand’.
Mahidol University has since developed into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, internationally known and recognized for the high caliber of research and teaching by its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching, research, international academic collaboration and professional services. This diversified institution now offers top quality programs in numerous social and cultural disciplines, including the most doctoral programs of any institution in Thailand, yet has maintained its traditional excellence in medicine and the sciences.On 16 October 2007, the Thailand National legislative Assembly approved Mahidol University as an autonomous institution. This transformation will enhance the university’s efficiency, flexibility, and ability to innovate, and standardize its practices with those of other world-class universities.
Always looking toward the future, Mahidol University at Salaya has constructed more facilities and buildings to better accommodate an increasing number of students. The Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies has built a new 6-story Laboratory of Environmental Science and Technology Building to support research, academic activities and services of the Faculty. Mahidol University International College has just finished constructing a new 8-story building adjoining the west side of the old building. This building will provide additional classrooms, studios, offices and also extensions to the College’s Atrium Canteen, Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Herb Garden Restaurant.
A major expansion of Siriraj Hospital has also begun: the çSiriraj toward Medical Excellence in Southeast Asiaé project. Twelve acres of land adjacent to Bangkok Noi Campus have been allocated by the Royal Thai Government to house several innovative new facilities, highlighted by Centers of Excellence in Biomedical Research and Medical Care, which promises to solidify Siriraj Hospital’s reputation as a premier health care institution in the region.
Recognizing the challenges facing humanity in the new millennium and the fundamental responsibility of higher education institutions to assist in meeting those challenges, Mahidol University follows a policy of constant expansion in the breadth and depth of its facilities and academic endeavors. By remaining
globally aware and staying abreast of new academic discoveries and technologies worldwide, Mahidol University continues not only to meet the needs of Thailand for education, training and research, but through internationalization, the needs of the global community as well.

Contact:
Office of the President Mahidol University
999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road
Salaya, Phuttamonthon Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand
Tel: (66) (0) 2849-6230 (Director) (66) (0) 2849-6231-3, (0) 2849-6235-6
Fax: (66) (0) 2849-6237 E-mail: opinter@diamond.mahidol.ac.th
Web site: http://www.op.mahidol.ac.th/orir/index.htm

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