9 Feb, 2018

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Prof. Kanyama Phiri presenting a book to Vincent Kachisi, a DVM student, as Swennen looks on
It was all smiles on the faces of BSc Veterinary Medicine students at LUANAR, together with the institution’s Vice Chancellor, as they received books from Lilongwe Society for Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) on Wednesday 7th February 2018. The Department of Veterinary Biomedical Science at LUANAR received veterinary manual books from the LSPCA in order to equip its students with information that will help them enhance their skills in veterinary services.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at LUANAR Bunda Campus, Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Kanyama Phiri, thanked LSPCA for recognising Veterinary Programme at the university and donating the books. Professor Kanyama Phiri said the students will use the book accordingly, and perform better. The Vice Chancellor shared the department’s objectives which are; to raise the level of adjustment in professional veterinary services in Malawi through offering quality and practical veterinary training, to raise the visibility and relevance of LUANAR to Malawi through community veterinary service delivery, and to generate funds for the university through veterinary services and consultations.

In a separate interview with members of the press, Prof. Kanyama Phiri said the donation is a great opportunity for the department as it is the youngest at the institution and it lacked some study materials.

“I take this as an opportunity for the department which is not yet even five years old. We have been lacking books and this donation is a big relief for staff and students of LUANAR,” said Prof. Kanyama Phiri.

LSPCA Programmes Director, Lieza Swennen, said this is one more step in the process they are undergoing with LUANAR to ensure that veterinary students have optimum training.

“We do what we can to get the students on the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme to the fields to be able to enhance their skills, attitude and practice their knowledge in the community.” She said.
Swennen said the books that the students have received will help them a lot for many years to come as they will be used as reference manuals for any case that they may encounter.

And on his part, the students’ representative, Gift Mkakhama, said the books are of paramount importance as they will have reference material as vets.

“We stay at the university for five to six years, and thereafter, we need at least to have a reference which might help us right away whenever we need information. So these are the books that will help us work without difficulties when we get to the industry.” He said.

Furthermore, Mkakhama thanked the Vice Chancellor for his commitment in supporting the veterinary medicine students. He also thanked LSPCA for supporting them materially.

LSPCA donated a book titled ‘The Merck Veterinary Manual, eleventh edition’ which is a reference manual for any case in the realms of veterinary services. As the department’s head, Prof. Melaku Tefera dubbed it ‘Bible of Veterinary Medicine,’ it is a best manual that the students can have and refer to for many years to come.

LUANAR’s Veterinary Medicine department started in 2015 and has recently been accredited by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), and will graduate its first cohort in 2019.