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Veterinary education in Africa : current and future perspectives : animal health management in the 21st century

G.E. Swan, N.P.J. Kriek
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 76, No 1 | a73 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v76i1.73 | © 2009 G.E. Swan, N.P.J. Kriek | This work is licensed under CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0
Submitted: 10 September 2009 | Published: 10 September 2009

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Abstract

Veterinary education commenced in South Africa in 1920 at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in South Africa in association with the Transvaal University College, now the University of Pretoria. Sir Arnold Theiler, Director of Veterinary Research and Education, was the first Dean. Today there are 46 veterinary training institutions in Africa of which 21 are in sub-Saharan Africa.Veterinary services are indispensable to the sustained health and wellbeing of animals and humans, and agricultural economies of countries worldwide. Veterinary education, postgraduate training, and research, and adequate numbers of veterinarians, are essential to satisfy the millennium development goals, the objectives of NEPAD and the African Union, and the agreements regulating international trade.

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