Faculty of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (FAVS)

Mandate

The mandate of the Faculty of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is to provide education and skills training in the science and practice of animal agriculture and animal health to support the sustainable development of the livestock sector in Botswana and the region.  This mandate will be achieved through the offering of demand-driven curriculum, focussed collaborative research by both staff and graduate students and engagement of strategic stakeholders through service delivery. Through this mandate, FAVS aspires to be a center of excellence in animal agriculture, producing competent and market-ready graduates to serve in the livestock sector and its value chain.

Structure of the Faculty

The Faculty of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (FAVS) is planned to comprise of three academic departments and one institute, namely:

a)       Department of Animal Science and Production

b)      Department of Veterinary Sciences

c)       Meat Industry Training Institute

Programme Offerings

The Faculty offers academic programmes at Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels, as well as short courses demanded by the livestock industry.  The short courses are of up to one-week duration and are offered at dedicated facilities at the Centre of In-Service and Continuing Education (CICE) at the main campus and at the Meat Industry Training Institute at the Lobatse campus.  All programmes and short courses offered are approved and accredited by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA).  The BQA also registers and accredits academic staff who teach in the University.  Academic programmes are subject to periodic review every five years by external experts.  The following programmes are being offered:

  1. Certificate in Meat Inspection (6 months duration)
  2. Higher Diploma in Animal Health and Production (3 years, full time only)
  3. BSc in Animal Science (4 years, full time only)
  4. MSc in Animal Science (2 years full time and 3 years part time)
  5. PhD in Animal Science (3 years full time and 4 years part time)

In addition, the following short courses of one week duration are approved by BQA and in offer at CICE:

  1. Pig Production
  2. Sustainable Dry Season Livestock Feeding
  3. How to Establish a Dairy Unit
  4. Sheep and Goat Production
  5. Indigenous Chicken and Guinea Fowl Production
  6. Beef Cattle Production
  7. Broiler Chicken Production
  8. Fish Farming and Management
  9. Layer Chicken Production
  10. Rabbit Production and Management
  11. Fodder Production
  12. Dairy Goat Production
  13.  Livestock Health

The teaching of practical skills is imperative in animal agriculture.  The Faculty endeavors to impart practical and business skills to learners to make them market ready upon graduation and be able to be self-employed and create jobs for others.

Several new programmes at diploma and bachelors degree level have been developed and are at various levels of approval by university structures and the regulatory authority (BQA).  Existing programmes are also under review to comply with requirements of BQA.  Botswana being a livestock country, there is a need to train veterinarians locally, as such, FAVS envisages to introduce a Veterinary Medicine degree in the foreseeable future.  Consultations with the government and other stakeholders has already started on the introduction of a veterinary medical degree programme at BUAN.  The need for this program has been identified as a priority by the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Agriculture Sector Human Resources Development (HRD) Plan of 2015.

Academic and Support Staff.

The teaching staff of the faculty are highly qualified academically and have been trained at PhD level at universities in Africa, Australasia, Europe and North America.  Their qualifications have been duly evaluated by BQA.  Support staff such as technicians are highly qualified and competent to support teaching and research in the faculty.  All staff regularly attend relevant short courses.  The Faculty encourages staff to publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals as well as attending local and international workshops in order to keep them abreast with new trends in their various academic disciplines.  The Faculty has a total 28 academic staff, 17 with PhDs, 8 with Masters and 3 with bachelors degrees, respectively.

Teaching and Research Facilities

The Faculty has adequate teaching space that is shared with other faculties of the University.  Efforts are being made to improve and increase research space in the form of laboratories, livestock housing and handling facilities.  The engagement of stakeholders is crucial in order to for them to provide their own facilities for teaching and collaborative research.  The acquisition and maintenance of modern laboratory equipment for teaching and research is of high priority.

Research Projects

Staff and graduate student research covers a wide area of disciplines, including livestock genetics, animal nutrition, animal health and reproduction. Some of the research projects were funded by the University and others by international organizations. Academic have international research collaborations as well as serving as external examiners and co-supervision of graduate students in other universities.

 

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