Forty- four graduands of veterinary medicine at the University of Ilorin have been inducted by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN).
Speaking at induction ceremony held at University’s Main auditorium in Ilorin, the President of Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr Aisha Baju decried the dearth of veterinarians in the country.
Represented by the Acting Registrar of the council, Dr Nurallah Abubakar, the President said the development is dangerous for the healthcare delivery system in the country.
She lamented that the veterinary council was one of the least funded federal agencies in Nigeria.
In his keynote address, the President Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA), Dr Olatunji Nasir, said human encroachment into natural habitats of wildlife was responsible for some of the diseases ravaging the globe.
He appealed to government and other professional bodies to give adequate recognition for veterinarians who are doing the gate keeping concerning the dangers inherent in consuming unwholesome meat.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulWahab Egbewole, charged the new veterinary doctors to be of good conduct in their practice.
ALI MUHAMMAD RABIU