Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
The Ministry of Education (MOE) determines the admission of students into the DVM programs of Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.
Objectives of the DVM program
- To produce veterinarians competent in the practice of general veterinary medicine which include food animal practice, companion animal practice and veterinary public health
- To equip them with the knowledge and skills in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of animal diseases, veterinary public health, animal production, research and extension
- To increase food resources of Ethiopia both in quantity and quality by implementing effective monitoring and control methods of diseases and to improve herd fertility and overall production of livestock under different production systems, taking into account environmental production as well as the tradition and culture of the people
- To conduct continuing education program for upgrading and updating the knowledge and skills of animal health personnel
- To disseminate information about veterinary medicine and animal sciences
- To provide consultancy services on animal health and production
Phases of the program
The Whole DVM program, which will require a minimum of six years, is divided in to three major phases
Phase I: Pre clinical Courses
The aim is to provide students with concepts of general education, language, courses that may serve as a springboard to take other production and veterinary medicine courses. Some of the basic science, basic veterinary and animal production courses will be offered.
Phase II: Clinical Courses
DVM degree is highly practical oriented and graduates should be equipped with the skills in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of animal diseases and veterinary public health. To achieve this goal; there should be veterinary teaching hospitals with large number of outpatients and inpatients, diagnostic laboratories, abattoirs, animal product manufacturing units.
Phase III: Externship Phase
Externship phase focuses on the application of knowledge and skills of veterinary medicine and livestock production. It shall be under taken only after completion of all the course requirement of curriculum. The externees will be actively involved in serving veterinary establishments, livestock farms, abattoirs, and meat factories under the supervision of the designated teacher/official during the sixth year. Further in partial fulfillment for the requirement of degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, the students are assigned to work on specific animal health and production problems of national importance, submit and defend a thesis under the guidance of recognized advisor.
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