Following the establishment of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike by Decree No 48 of 1992, the University started in 1993/1994 academic session with six (6) Colleges, which included College of Animal Science and Animal Health (CASAH), with two (2) departments, viz; Non-rumunant Animal Production (NRAP) and Ruminant Animal Production (RAP). At the 95th Senate meeting of the University of February, 2007, approval was given for the renaming of the College to College of Animal Science and Animal Production (CASAP). Following the renaming of the College, three departments emerged, namely;
1. Department of Animal Breeding and Physiology (ABP)
2. Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage Science (ANFS) and
3. Department of Animal Production and Livestock Management (APLM).
The Department was first headed by Dr. F.C. Okoye as an acting head of Department from 1993/1994 to 1996/1997 academic session. In 1997/1998 academic session, Dr. E.O. Onyekweodiri took over the headship of the Department also in an acting capacity. Prof. U. Herbert was appointed a sustantive head of the Department from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Dr. F.O Ahamefule was appointed the acting head of Department, and served till 2012. Then Dr. K.U. Amaefule was appointed the acting head of the Department from 2012 to 2013, before Prof. J.A. Ibeawuchi was appointed substantive head of Department from 2013 to 2016. In January 4th, 2017 Dr. U. Okah was appointed the acting head of Department for a two - year tenure which ended on 3rd January, 2019. He was again re-appointed for second two years tenure from January 3rd, 2019 to January 2nd, 2021.
Admission Requirements and Programme information:
Students are admitted into the Department through a competitive entrance examination (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination-UTME) organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) provided that they posses a minimum of 5 credit passes at the SSCE/WAEC/GCE or equivalent obtained in not more than two (2) sittings, and must include, English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology/Agriculture and Physics.
The Department runs a 5-year programme leading to the award of B. Agric (Animal Science and Animal Production).
The main focus of the programme is to train the students to acquire the techinical proficiency and know-how required for successful management of modern livestock enterprises. To achieve the practical aspects of the trianing, the students do farm practice (University General Courses-UGC) from 100 to 300 levels. Furthermore, the 400 level is practical year, wherein the students undergo only practical trianing (SIWES- Students Indusrial Work Experience Scheme) in all aspects of agriculture at the University farm. They return to classroom after the practical training of two semesters to resume normal academic work and to carry out research project leading to their graduation.
The Department runs postgraduate programmes aimed at imparting specialized knowledge and skill and further develop the spirit of research, leading to the attainment of high level of expertise in specific area of animal agriculture by the graduate students.
These ojectives are achieved through course work and research in an atmosphere of intellectual independence and individual creativity.
The available areas in the Department of Aninal Production and Livestock Management include:
1. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Animal Production
2. Master of Science Degree (M. Sc.) & Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph. D) in:
a. Ruminant Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep and Goat)
b. Poultry Production
c. Swine Production
d. Rabbit Production
You can visit the University website at www.mouau.edu.ng for details of the postgrduate programmes.