VETERINARY MEDICINE in Nigeria is a 6-year course + 1 year Nysc. I personally feel there should be provision for internship and so do other Vet surgeons and students but there is currently no provision for that.
In universities abroad, any student that will be admitted to study veterinary medicine is required to have completed a first degree in other medical-related courses like biochemistry, physiology and the likes.
This is probably because veterinary medicine requires a lot of mental strength, focused study and guts. In other words, you must be a matured student.
In Nigeria, we currently have eleven universities where you can study veterinary medicine as a first degree course and they are: *University of Ibadan (UI, The Premier)*, University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOU), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU), Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), and University of Ilorin, Kwara (UNILORIN), and University of Jos, Jos (UNIJOS) that recently started.
Veterinary medicine basically entails the study of disease diagnosis and treatment in *ALL* animals. The major reason why veterinary medicine is so challenging lies in the diversity of animal life forms. The anatomy of every animal is unique one way or another and that is why *COMPARATIVE ANATOMY* is a course in the 3rd year of veterinary medicine. It then follows that if the anatomy is this unique, the biochemistry and physiology will also be unique.
Any student who wishes to study veterinary medicine must first of all love animals! He/she must also be prepared to sit in lectures for an average of 6 hours daily from Monday to Friday and read like someone preparing for an exam everyday especially if he/she is an average student.
Veterinary medicine is a course that has a whole faculty dedicated to it alone (faculty of veterinary medicine) and comprises of the following departments (in UI):
>Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology
>Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
>Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
>Veterinary Reproduction (Theriogenology)
>Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine
At the end of your 6 years in the university, you will be awarded a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). You will also be licensed to practice veterinary medicine through an induction ceremony and be regarded as a Vet Surgeon. A lot of responsibility comes with that title because you are expected to be able to take care of the health of any animal so you have to continue learning as much as you can and utilize every opportunity you get to gain experience either while in school or after.
As a Vet Surgeon, you are strategically positioned for several job opportunities but you must work smart and put God first in ALL things.
If you want to know more about the opportunities that will be available to you as a Vet Surgeon, I strongly suggest you talk to a Vet Surgeon.
*Remember: Put GOD first.*
See you at the TOP.
I am assistant surgeon to Dr Eyarefe of the department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria