35 graduands of veterinary medicine, MOUAU receives VCN Certificate
By Our Reporter
35 graduands from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU have been presented with the Provisional Registration Certificate of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, shortly after taking the oath of induction.
Speaking at the Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim Auditorium of the Institution during the 8th Oath-Taking/Induction Ceremony for the 2019/2020 graduands, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe acknowledged the roles the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) play in ensuring that the College of Veterinary Medicine maintains the standard requirements for the training of Veterinary Surgeons.
He reiterated that his administration is committed to providing an enabling atmosphere for quality research and training for the College.
The MOUAU Vice Chancellor who promised that the pressing needs of the College would be met within the available resources, congratulated the graduands on the successful completion of their studies despite the rigorous processes, and challenged them to be good ambassadors of the University.
In her remarks, the President, Nigerian Veterinary Council, AIG (Dr) Aishatu Abubakar Baju, represented by Dr. Olutunji Nasir, maintained that the Council would continue to support and collaborate with universities in providing necessary resources and ensuring the sustenance of global best practices in the profession.
In his remarks also, the Acting Registrar of Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr. Ezenwa Nwakonobi, applauded the exploits of Veterinary practitioners from the University in their various engagements.
He urged the College and the University to do more to maintain their excellent standards.
Earlier in his address, the Dean of the College, Prof. Josephat Onu stated that the oath-taking/induction exercise is mandatory for all veterinary graduands before they can practice.
Prof. Onu used the occasion to solicit the support of the University management in the provision of teaching/research farm, as well as laboratory and office spaces for the College.
He also stated that the College is in dire need of Senior Academics in the professorial cadre.
In his remarks, the overall best graduating student, Dr. Favour Okore Okwaraeke disclosed that diligence, hard work and unwavering parental support were the keys to his success.
He applauded the lecturers of the College for their resourcefulness and urged students of Veterinary Medicine to show commitment in their studies.
The elated father of the star student, Mr. Moses Okwaraeke, narrated the challenges he faced in the course of training his son, especially regarding finance.
He, however, expressed happiness that his relentless efforts have been rewarded by his son’s stellar academic achievements.
The ceremony which featured award of prizes to the best graduating students in their various subject areas, attracted the principal officers of the University and Heads of Departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Nancy Eni-Otu shone bright as the first ever recipient of the Farm Alert Leadership Award, while President, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Olutoyin Adetuberu, who also attended the ceremony, presented an award to the best graduating student.