The Department of Veterinary Medicine

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Department of Veterinary Medicine Staffs




The Department of Veterinary Medicine is located on Nyagatare Campus in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. Under University of Rwanda the Department is structured within the School of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (SASVM). The history of the Department began from its establishment as the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 under the former Umutara Polytechnic. In 2011 the first graduates for the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree in Rwanda were awarded.



The health of animals and humans is an underlying determinant of the social and economic development of Rwanda. Veterinarians play a key role in the health of humans, livestock, wildlife and companion animals in Rwanda & East Africa. The vision of the department is to produce veterinary graduates in Rwanda that are recognized as having equivalent knowledge and skills to their regional and international peers within the veterinary profession.


To deliver a training curriculum in veterinary medicine that produces a veterinary graduate with OIE Day One Competencies in Veterinary Medicine. To produce veterinarians that have the capacity to deliver veterinary public and private services for the health and wellbeing of animals, people and ecosystems under the legislative framework and the auspices of the Rwanda Veterinary Council.

Programme Objectives

A five-year professional degree programme in veterinary medicine is proposed based on a curriculum with adequate content relevant to training veterinarians relative to:

  • International standards of accreditation in academic curricula for a degree in veterinary medicine in line with the UR 10- year Strategic Plan (Zero Draft of UR Strategic Plan, 2015-2026, Section 5.0).
  • Training competencies that are aligned with the needs of veterinary services across the East African Community - Inter-University Council for East Africa, 2013.
  • Training needs set out by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Veterinary Education Core Curriculum Guidelines (2013).


Opportunities & Strengths

The BVM Programme delivers training through the three core domains of teaching, research & community service.


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On-Campus Multi- Species Farm –



Student Focused Training – Teaching and research is delivered to students through a vibrant and dynamic team of experienced academic, laboratory and clinical staff offering practical hands on training at Nyagatare campus. Facilities include an on-site farm hosting multiple species. Production units include pure and cross bred Holstein/Ankole dairy unit, a modern pig unit and a poultry production unit. The campus also includes a veterinary teaching laboratory, a microbiology research laboratory, a necropsy laboratory (anatomy dissections & pathology) and a feed analysis laboratory.


Community Focused Training – Training is not only limited to the university but students engage with the community through practical training and participatory research. Veterinary clinical work is delivered through an active Ambulatory Clinic.


Public Health & Food Safety – student training is delivered using a ‘farm to fork’ approach to food safety including meat inspection (at local and national abattoirs), milk quality assurance and food safety protocols along the value chain.

Partnerships, Innovation & Funding opportunities – The department has engaged in multiple national and international partnerships since its foundation across the areas of Dairy, Pig & Poultry production, One Health, Entrepreneurship, Milk Quality & Infectious Diseases.

Global Challenges & A One Health Approach

The degree of veterinary medicine has gained global recognition for a number of reasons. Globalisation has increased the demand for food safety of animal origin during production, transport, slaughter and food processing. Increased incidence of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, endemic and particularly the zoonotic diseases of domestic and wildlife origin require veterinarians to be trained in risk assessment, surveillance, diagnostics and epidemiological investigations of epidemics and pandemics. The department considers health challenges across the human-animal-ecosytem interface using the holistic approach of One Health.


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Close proximity to Akagera National Park allows students access to the indigenous wildlife and biodiversity of Rwanda.