WINDHOEK, 09 AUG – The University of Namibia (UNAM)’s School of Veterinary Medicine officially opened two designated clinical skills laboratories at the Neudamm Campus on Wednesday.
The veterinary medicine school had its first intake of students in 2014, with an annual intake of a maximum of 25 first-year students on the six-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme.
The labs will be used for clinical examinations of models before students can go out and operate on actual animal species, food and blood analysis and testing of various parasites, poisonous plants and infectious diseases.
Speaking during the official opening of the laboratories, Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr Frednard Gideon said student access to a large number of cases was essential.
“However, teaching was at times difficult to prioritise for inexperienced students as the clinician also had to focus on the needs of the animal owners and protect animal welfare,” he added.
To address these issues, Gideon said the number of veterinary clinical skills laboratories and wet-labs, which provide well-equipped venues where students could practice a range of clinical skills without worrying about the patients, were increased.
“In these labs, students use models and cadavers to complement learning opportunities in a secure environment, with expert assistance from the clinicians and enough time to master each activity,” he said.