The Acting Head, Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (VetPharmTox), College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), Dr. Olubukola Adenubi has expressed the determination of the new Department to make the University proud by contributing its quota to its overall development. The Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology is one of the three newly-created Departments after restructuring the six existing ones in COLVET, which was carved out from the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology and approved by the Senate of the University, as part of approved recommended Departments by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN).
According to Dr. Adenubi, the Department covers two-linked specialties of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, which deal with the action of drugs and xenobiotics on living organisms and the environment. The new Department, alongside others in the College, aims to advance the quality of veterinary sciences and in line with the vision and mission of FUNAAB; to be a centre of excellence in knowledge generation, towards global development and sustainability of an environment-friendly society.
To achieve this, the new Department strives to enhance the skills of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology by teaching courses in Veterinary Pharmacology, Ethnopharmacology, Chemotherapy, Pharmacy and Toxicology using interactive and modern techniques. Also by establishing postgraduate training and continuing education to make them become specialists in veterinary pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy; by conducting clinics, externships and field trips in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology to serve animal patients, their owners and the general public.
Others include encouraging multi-disciplinary research and collaborations with researchers and other stakeholders such as pharmaceutical companies, locally and internationally; promoting the use of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology to increase the scientific approach to public health issues such as toxicology tests, multidrug resistance, zoonoses, drug development during epidemics/pandemics; and promoting communication and disseminization of knowledge related to veterinary pharmacology and toxicology within the University and host communities.
Foundation members of the Department are Prof. Olufemi Olukunle; Dr. Olubukola Adenubi, Senior lecturer; Dr. Adeoye Oyewusi, Lecturer I; Dr. Samuel Attama, Lecturer II; Dr. Oluwatodimu Adekoya, Lecturer II; Miss. Adenike Akinwale, Laboratory Scientist; Mrs. Oluwatoyin Adedoyin, Principal Confidential Secretary; and Mr. Oladipupo Akinbola, Clerical Officer. With the new addition, the total number of Departments in COLVET is now nine, Dr. Adenubi added.