The Sub-Regional Representation of OIE for Southern Africa was invited to the first graduation and thesis defense of Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi.
As one of few, the new Faculty requires BVMs to conduct a research on a veterinary topic relevant to Malawi and defend it in an open session, with examiners from recognized Veterinary Faculties both from the region and further afield.
The examiners were from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Zambia, Hawassa University, Ethiopia, from the College of Medicine in Malawi, from ILRI and from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
Veterinary services are a public good and OIE has published recommendations on minimum requirements for competencies of newly graduate veterinarians (Day 1 competencies) to strengthen the veterinary services in member countries. In addition, OIE has developed Guidelines on Veterinary Education Core Curriculum.
All pictures (c) O. Valsson (oie) 2019