Message from the Dean
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry. We are a diverse and dynamic faculty community comprising students from all parts of Somalia.
The faculty re-established in 2014 and plans to offer two different LAUREA degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry. As expected, the faculty is also building its capacity for research in related areas such veterinary public health, infectious diseases, feeding standards, husbandry practice, range and wildlife management and etc. The faculty is proud of its academic excellence and the expectations in contributing of its research mandate to find solutions to local and regional challenges.
Although the faculty’s curriculum is designed for the specific niche of the Somali community, our degrees are internationally recognized and are structured similarly to some of those world’s greatest universities. Before the collapse of the Somali institutions, we had a growing number of students who were graduating from the faculty every year, having been well prepared, go on to make an impact in livestock industry, in private and public sectors.
Our academic activities will be enriched by meaningful community engagement and collaboration with other sister institutions and perhaps all other relevant stakes.
Professor Hassan Mohamed Hassan
The Dean of the faculty
The faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry is a public institution run by democratically elected management organ in accordance with Somali National University Act. Although it performs under the Rectorate of SNU, It is an autonomous status for its day-today management, has plans and programs based on its mandate and objectives.
The faculty was established in 1973, reached its climax during eighties in providing technical services to Somali people. It functioned in seven academic departments offering two Laurea degree (BSc) programs on Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine.
The faculty had employees of fifty qualified academics, twenty technicians, fifteen supporting staff and twenty laborers. The faculty played a leading role in educating people in Veterinary Medicine and Animal production as well as conducting research, facilitating technology transfers and development in the area of livestock and rural community sectors.
During that period, animal health situations improved substantially, livestock export increased significantly and public health enhanced due to efforts made to control epizootic disease outbreaks and zoonotic diseases as well as meat inspection throughout the country. It had also contributed to the well-being of the Somali community in giving appropriate consultancy and offering sound extension services in animal health and production. The efforts made impacted positively to pastoral and agro pastoral communities’ livelihoods as well as the country’s economy at large.
Unfortunately, the whole country ruined itself in 1990 due to civil war, when all Somalia institutions and infrastructures overwhelmingly collapsed. Chaos and instability sustained for decades resulting devastations and human tragedy with millions of people fled from the country cross-borders and/or internally displaced.
After almost a quarter of a century with little hope; Somali Government ultimately had re-established the faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry. It made priority and paid efforts in teaching and research; securing livelihoods of the Somali pastorals and agro-pastoral communities in the remote areas of the country where rangeland resources are depleted and alternative options are
scarce for income, employment, and food security. Research priorities will focus mainly on alleviating the animal production constrains that may hinder livelihoods of the community; considerations are given to traditional livestock production systems, improved breeds, local breed performance, adaptability of exotic breeds, feeds and feeding, seasonal availability of feedstuffs, droughts and pastoralism; also epizootic and zoonotic diseases as well as parasites infestations.
- The faculty envisions that Somali society manages sustainably its resources, generate substantial wealth and achieve self-relience and good quality of life.
- To advance the animal productivity and consequently well-being of the Somali people through education, research, and public service.
- To develop adequate human resource through training and research.
- To improve grass-root communities’ livelihoods through consultancy, awareness raising and innovations.
- To contribute the overall economy of the country.
- Train and conduct research.
- Analyze community problems, identify priorities and propose options for sustainable development.
- Participate to national plans, and formulation of policies of the country.
- Lobby & Advocacy with key stakeholders for creating suitable environment for teaching and research.
- Assessments, documentations, recommendations, and proposals.
- Contribute in national plans.
More than seven hundreds of Veterinarians and Livestock production specialists graduated from the faculty during the period from 1973 to 1990. Such alumni carried-out teaching, research and professional services. They also carried extension service, delivering veterinary service and management throughout different regions of Somalia.
The faculty staff was awarded hundreds of thousand US dollars for research and contributed in disease outbreaks control, Veterinary public health (VPH) services, livestock production, and increase of marketing opportunities. They published substantial scientific literature on the areas of livestock diseases, husbandry, feeds and feeding, local and exotic breeds. Adaptation of livestock breeds to environment, feedstuffs and diseases was also considered.
Such literature might be traceable in scientific journals globally and the faculty bulletin serials published periodically.
The academic staff also participated in regional activities that was in line with their mandate and networked with many international institutions.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry
Somali National University
Address: P O box 15. Mogadishu, Somalia
The faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry originally located in Gaheyr campus at km 6; however, in the meantime it is in transitory place with other five faculties at the headquarters of Columbia Road, Mogadishu, Somalia. The faculty has also one thousand hecters, riverbank of fertile farmland, used as a Research and Demonstration stations, which is located at five km away north of Balad town of M/Shebelle Region, which is 35 km from Mogadishu.