Following the establishment of the College of Animal science and Animal Production, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, the Department of Animal Breeding and Physiology was established in 2008. Professor M.A. Oguike was appointed the first acting Head of Department during the 2007/2008 academic section. The second acting Head of Department, Professor E.N. Nwachukwu came on board on 6th June, 2011. Thereafter, the first substantive and current Head of Department, Professor Uma Kalu Oke was appointed on 25th May, 2015.
The Department is located in the College of Animal science and Animal Production, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. It is charged with its core mandate in the area of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Biotechnology, Animal Physiology, Reproductive Physiology and Artificial Insemination. The mission and objectives of the department has been to train, equip and empower students with good knowledge of science and practice of modern animal agriculture to boost animal production in the country. Other objectives have been to produce professionally competent graduates and post-graduate Animal Scientists who will be self-employed, employers of labor and educators who could work as consultants, at both National and International levels on issues concerning animal production; thereby actualizing the vision of the university for producing highly rated graduates in Animal science for the attainment of the primary goals of the National Agricultural Policy of self-sufficiency in food and animal production.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The philosophy of B.Agric. (Animal science and animal production) programme is to train and equip students with good knowledge of the science and practice of modern animal agriculture to help boost animal production in the country.
The objection is to produce animal scientists and educated farmers who will be self-employed, employers of labour, educators of our peasant farmers and who could work as consultants at both national and international levels on issues concerning animal production.
The mission of the college derives from the overall mission of the university as an agricultural university, namely: To provide high-quality practical training to students to become professionally competent and confident animal farmers capable of self-employment.
The vision of the college is to be the foremost of the colleges/faculties offering B.Agric.(animal science/animal production)and postgraduate programmes in Nigeria university for producing highly rated graduates in animal agriculture and to be an avenue for the attainment of the primary goals of the national agricultural policy of self-sufficiency in food and fiber production.