The National Universities Commission, NUC, has granted full accreditation status to the Veterinary Medicine Programme of the University of Abuja. This followed a recommendation by the commission’s accreditation visitation panel which visited the University from January 31st to February 4th, 2016 for an assessment of the Veterinary Programme.
A report of the assessment issued by Professor C.F. Mafiana, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Commission showed that the Veterinary Medicine Programme scored 77.6 percent in the overall assessment to attain full accreditation status a remarkable improvement from its interim status level attained in 2013.
The NUC assessment report showed that the Veterinary Programme scored 92.2 per cent in academic content, 75.9 in staffing, 72.9 in physical facilities, 77.7 in library, 66.7 in funding and 50.0 per cent in employer’s rating to achieve the overall score of 77.6 per cent.
Full accreditation status of academic programmes in the Universities is valid for five years while interim accreditation lasts for two years after which the programmes will be re-visited, the report said.
It said any interim programme that failed accreditation after two visits will revert to denied accreditation status which will attract sanctions such as a ban on student admission into the programmes, non-recognition of certificates issued to students of such programmes after the ban on admission and the denial of a call-up into the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) of the affected students.
The Veterinary Medicine Progrmme of the University has so far graduated four sets of students since the commencement of the programme in 2005.