NAMVET Announces Accreditation of UNAM’s Diploma in Animal Health Programme
The University of Namibia’s Diploma in Animal Health (DAH) of the School of Veterinary Medicine received positive accreditation reports from the Namibian Veterinary Council (NVC). This was announced by NVC President Dr. Rainer Hassel in a letter to UNAM’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, Professor Osmund D. Mwandemele. The evaluation, which was carried out in terms of the Veterinary and Veterinary para-professions Act 1 of 2013 consisted of: The evaluation of the DAH curriculum, Assessment of the Self Evaluation Report by the Department of Animal Health as well as the Audit of the Department of Animal Health in Katima Mulilo.
Dr. Hassel informed Prof. Mwandemele that the report and recommendations by the audit Committee were discussed in detail and at length at a properly constituted meeting of NVC on 13 October 2016, where a unanimous decision to accept the findings and recommendations of the Audit Committee, namely that the DAH programme complies with the minimum requirements for such a programme in terms of the above-mentioned legislation. This accreditation will entitle graduates of this programme to be registered as Para-professionals with the NVC.
“Namibian Veterinary Council would like to congratulate UNAM and the School of Veterinary Medicine on this significant achievement. It is quite remarkable what your institution has been able to implement in such a short period of time, following the change of leadership at the School of Veterinary Medicine. This was only possible due to the dedication and commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of the Management and staff of the Department of Animal Health and the School of Veterinary Medicine in particular, with the support of the Katima Mulilo Campus, Faculty of Agriculture and UNAM Management”, said Dr. Hassel.
The University of Namibia and the School of Veterinary Medicine were commended for their cooperation, transparent reporting and general assistance of the Namibian Veterinary Council which ensured the successful completion of the accreditation process. This is a major accomplishment for the University as it has received an independent validation that our programmes meet international standards.
UNAM has been entrusted to address as a matter of urgency, certain shortcomings which have been identified during the Audit and which are contained in the Audit Report. The NVC will then conduct a followup Audit of the Department of Animal Health to verify the implementation of Council recommendations, necessary to ensure sustainability of the quality of the programme in the long term.