Gowon tasks Vet association on ensure professionalism

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon has urged the leadership of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) ensure adherence professionalism and ethical practice in the profession.

Gowon said this on in Abuja at the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the association and the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Veterinary Council of (VCN).

“ It is my hope having come of age, the profession and its practitioners would build on what has been handed down, ensure the role of veterinarians in the nation’s economy is properly enhanced and recognised.

“ I wish call on the leadership of the NVMA continue toe the path of its founding fathers in the of professionalism, ethical practice and welfare.’’

Gowon, who signed Decree 37 established the association in 1969, expressed satisfaction with its growth and development.

He noted that the veterinary profession had taken its rightful place in the country at a time when its services were needed most.

He said the number of Veterinary Colleges in today was an indication that the government should expect more economic benefits from the practice of Veterinary Medicine.

The former head of state acknowledged the competence and courage demonstrated by practitioners of the profession in combating the outbreak bird flu in 2006. “ The that you have 6,000 veterinary doctors on your register is an indication that you are doing everything possible to discourage quackery in your profession.”

He noted that with the breakthrough achieved in science and technology, the profession would witness great improvement for the benefit of Nigerians and animals.

The highlight of the occasion was the conferment of Honorary Fellowship Award of the of Veterinary Surgeons of on Gowon, Dr Bernard Vela, Dr Jim Smith and Dr Ahmed Esaluhi, among .

The of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria also marked its fourth convocation ceremony with the graduation of 43 .

Speaking on behalf of the graduands, Dr Samuel Azani, while commending the of the leadership of the that they would contribute positively to the development of agriculture in the country.

He appealed to the management of the college to pay attention to accommodation, saying that it constitutes a “major challenge’’ limiting the of the .