About the School

Brief Overview
For the first time the DVM program was started in the year 2003 by sharing resources with Jimma University College of Agriculture within the department of Animal Science, and later on the veterinary education was organized independently in 2005 as School of Veterinary Medicine having 4 departments. The college was then renamed as College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. In the year 2009 following the implementation of BPR, the School of Veterinary Medicine was reorganized as a department for efficient utilization of resources and manpower.
Currently the School offers four different training programs in the field of veterinary medicine. The first is a six-year training program leading to the attainment of the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), two MSc training programs with two-year duration. These are Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Epidemiology and Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Public Health. The School has also opened a summer program for diploma holders who are on job leading to the attainment of the Bachelor degree in veterinary  of Science (BVSc) degree in Animal Health.
The School basically undertakes teaching, research and extension in its area of specialization under the umbrella of the DVM, BVSc in animal health and MSc programs. The graduate program in Veterinary Epidemiology was launched in 2009 and 9 students were enrolled in the program in 2010. The second graduate program in Veterinary Public Health was launched in 2011 and 5 students were enrolled in this program.
The School has graduated its first batch in the new Ethiopian Millennium (2008). So far the School has graduated more than 350 veterinarians with DVM degree and it is now becoming one of the pioneer higher learning academic institutes as far as veterinary medicine is concerned by applying the community based education which is the philosophy of Jimma University as a whole. The School has also graduated  more than 95 Animal Health Professionals with BSc in Animal Health program in 2011.
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Our goal is to produce competent practitioners, academic clinicians and researchers with an education in veterinary science.

The School of Veterinary Medicine aspires to be one of the renown and respected institution in providing up to the standard  teaching, research and community service in Ethiopia. 

  • Provision of high standard and problem solving training in animal health and production at different levels to produce professionals of exemplary human qualities
  • Conduct basic and productive applied research in animal health and production
  • Provision of high standard and exemplary animal health services supported by latest diagnostic facilities
  • Foster partnerships and working relationships with all stakeholders: public, private and NGOs
  • Making research derived knowledge and technology available to end users
  • Create a favorable environment for the promotion of sound scholarship to explore and democratically debate issues of cultural pluralism, tolerance, gender, professionalism etc.
  • Fostering multi-disciplinary approach in teaching, research and service provision
  • Creation of networking with national as well as international teaching, research and development institutions to facilitate skill development and knowledge transfer
  • Support the goals of Jimma University by extending teaching, research and service where appropriate to University programs and activities outside the School
  • Cultivate and promote animal welfare concepts and practices
Future plan
The school has the following future plans:
  • Establishment of modern  teaching veterinary clinic ( in the process)
  • Opening PhD and more MSc programs
  • Strengthening the existing ambulatory clinical service and establishing clinical service centres in cooperation with the local community
  • To be the centre of excellence in vector borne diseases in Ethiopia
The School will soon have Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The design has already been completed and it is under construction.
I.    The internal design of the hospital will include the following basic components: 
1.    A drainage/sewage system with septic tank
2.    Source of pressurized water (for cleaning)
3.    Source of electric power
4.    Animal restraining crushes, and examination tables
5.    Wards; cages and recovery rooms
6.    Externally built larriage or animal holding facilities
II.    The hospital will be administratively structured in to the following departments and units
1.    Reception/Waiting room and archive
2.    Pharmacy
3.    Surgical Department (Operating Room/OR/)
4.    Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
5.    Outpatient Department (OPD)
6.    Inpatient Department (IPD)
7.    Radiology and Special Procedures Unit
8.    General Purpose Laboratories
9.    Teaching Rooms
10.     Research Laboratories
11.     Laundry
12.     Feed store
13.     Others
External Links
The school do have the following external links:
  • Research  link with Belgian Universities through the IUC - JU –VLIR Program
  • Staff exchange link with Addis Ababa university
  • Staff exchange link with National Animal Health diagnostic and investigation centre (NAHDIC)
  • Staff  exchange and training with different African and  two US Universities (Tufts and Minnesota) through One Health Central and East Africa (OHCEA) 
  • Regional laboratories in assisting externship programs
  • Veterinary schools found in the country 
  • Research link with OHIO State university and Central for diseases Prevention and control (CDC)
All of our academic staffs and final year students are always engaged in research activities. The academic staff researches are funded by different projects such as the IUC - JU –VLIR Program (related with PhD scholars of our academic staffs), the University also support and fund a number of research activities. The following are among the many ongoing research activities in our school:
  • The epidemiology and control of bovine trypanosomosis and drug resistance study on trypanosome
  • The epidemiology and control of mastitis
  • The epidemiology of Parasitic  zoonotic diseases
  • Drug and agrochemical residue in different food items
  • Final year students  (both undergraduate and post graduates) research
Main Research areas of the school (thematic areas):
  • Epidemiology of vector borne diseases
  • Food borne zoonoses and food safety
  • Diseases which influence food security  (transboundary diseases )
  • Dairy animal health ( Mastitis and Herd Health)
  • Animal production, productivity and socioeconomics of animal diseases
Contact Address:
  • Professor  Tadele Tolosa 
  • professor of microbiology and dairy herd health management
  • Contact address
  • P. O. Box:    307, Jimma, Ethiopia 
  • Office Tel.:    
  • Cell Phone:    251-917804070
  • Fax:    251-47110934
  • E-mail Address:    tadeletolosa@yahoo.com, tadele.tolosa@ju.edu.et