The Association of Veterinary Medical Students University of Ibadan (AVMS UI) on Thursday, 26th August 2021, organized her annual public lecture ceremony themed, “VETERINARIANS: Protecting The Health of Animals & Humans For National Development at the Faculty auditorium”.
In his welcoming address, the AVMS president, Mr Olaoluwa Ola-Williams said this event was different from the conventional ones as it’s an annual program. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the members of the association and encouraged the students to remain attentive as it was going to be an educative and interesting.
One-minute silence was observed for the Late Professors David Olaleye and B.O Oke who died from COVID-19 complications.
Following the citation reading of the first speaker, Prof. Christian Happi (Prof, of Molecular Biology and Genomics and Director of the World Bank Funded African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases ACEEGID), expatiated on the ability to solve problems in animals, with focus on how science has evolved through sample collections using genomic data.
In 2014, during the outbreak of Ebola disease, genomic sequencing was used to curb its transmission. “With the advancement of technology in genomic data, we would soon be able to predict a disease that was not diagnosed in Nigeria in the next twenty-seven years”, he added.
Subsequently, the second speaker, Doctor Gani Enahoro (Chairman Continuing Education Committee, Veterinary Council of Nigeria) joined virtually, while the last speaker, Doctor Oladapo Abiodun, a representative of the guest speaker (Dr Laide Sadia, Director of Veterinary Services, Oyo State, did justice on the topic, Government policy (ies) surrounding Veterinary practice and Animal Health.
Later on, awards were presented to the distinguished guests and speakers. Other dignitaries included, Hon. Olojede, the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Students Affairs, Prof. G.A.T. Ogundipe, Prof. V. O. Taiwo, among others.
The Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Olufunke Ola-Davies, admonished the students to spread their wings and get motivated.
She further added that it is a necessity to look beyond their limits and explore as indeed, She ended by saying: We serve a noble profession!