Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
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 recently 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 the 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 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Veterinary Pharmacology, Ethnopharmacology, Chemotherapy, Pharmacy and Toxicology using interactive and modern techniques; establishing postgraduate training and continuing education to become specialists in veterinary pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy; conducting clinics, externships and field trips in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology to serve our 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 dissemination of knowledge related to veterinary pharmacology and toxicology within the University and surrounding 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. The total number of Departments in COLVET is now nine, Dr. Adenubi added.
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS IN COLVET
The College has the following six Departments:
- Veterinary Anatomy
- Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology
- Veterinary Pathology.
- Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
- Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
- Veterinary Public Health and Reproduction.
- Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
DURATION OF STUDY
Candidates admitted into the 100 level will be expected to undergo instructions for six academic sessions (12 semesters) before the award of the degree of DVM. Candidates admitted into the 200 level will be expected to undergo instructions for five academic sessions (ten semesters) before the award of the degree of DVM.
Any student who cannot meet all the requirements for the DVM degree within three academic sessions in excess of the minimum duration shall be required to withdraw from the degree programme except with the special approval of Senate on the recommendation of COLVET Board of Examiners.
- The DVM degree curriculum consists of two parts: the pre-professional phase of two semesters (100 level) and the professional phase of ten semesters (200-600 level). The five years of the professional phase are also referred to as DVM 1 (200 level) to DVM V (600 level). The professional phase includes three semesters of pre-clinical courses, three semesters of para-clinical courses and four semesters of clinical courses.
- All courses in the professional phase are compulsory i.e. must be taken and passed before the award of the DVM degree. The different Departments in the College shall jointly prepare a candidate for the award of the DVM degree.
- Each student must undertake not less than six months of approved Field Study under the supervision of Veterinary Surgeons. On completion of a Field Study, each student shall submit a detailed report on the study countersigned by the supervising Veterinary Surgeon.
- The DVM degree shall be unclassified, i.e. without class or honours.
- All courses shall be graded out of a maximum of 100. The pass mark for each core course, that is, courses based in COLVET and other professional courses, shall be 50%. For courses based outside COLVET, the pass mark shall be the same as that applicable in the Departments offering the courses.
- A distinction will be awarded to a student who scores a mean of 70% or higher in all the courses in a given subject area, provided that all the courses are passed at the first attempt.
- Only students duly registered for the DVM degree programme shall be eligible to register for any of the professional courses.
- The subject code in COLVET shall be as follows:Pre-Clinical Courses: VBA: Veterinary AnatomyVBB: Veterinary BiochemistryVBP: Veterinary PhysiologyVBM: Animal ManagementPara-Clinical Courses: VPC: Veterinary PharmacologyVPR: Veterinary ParasitologyVPM: Veterinary MicrobiologyVPT: VeterinaryPathologyClinical Courses: VCM: Veterinary MedicineVCS: Veterinary SurgeryVCH: Veterinary Public HealthVCT: TheriogenologyVCJ: ProjectVCC: ClinicsLong Vacation Courses: VFS: Field Study
- On completion of all the core veterinary courses in a subject area, there shall be a panel of Examiners for the subject area. Each panel shall consist of at least two Internal Examiners and an External Examiner. At the end of the examination, both External and Internal Examiners shall jointly sign the examination results.
- At the end of each academic semester, a meeting of the College Board of Examiners shall be summoned to consider the results for presentation to the University Senate.