Faculty of Veterinary Science

vetFollowing the 8th National Educational Development Plan, Mahidol University was bestowed the signal honor and responsibility of launching a new Faculty of Veterinary Science in October 1997.  The Faculty has a long history, dating back to 1942, when it was a department of veterinary science in the Faculty of Medical Science at the University of Medical Sciences.
The Royal Thai Government

has enacted policies to promote investment in livestock production and aquatic animal production for export and domestic consumption.  One of the major national challenges in this area is the need to increase both the quality and quantity of animal products, which is one of the achievements necessary to be a Center of Excellence in Health Service and ‘The Kitchen of The World’.  Addressing this need is the objective of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, by employing modern technology to meet the academic needs of veterinary students. Through these measures, the Faculty can successfully graduate a great quantity and quality of new generations of veterinarians who are also capable of research, based on the concept of ‘One Medicine’ and thereby meeting an urgent national human resource need.


The Faculty proudly opened the gates of opportunities in 1999 to its first 32 students, providing a state-of-the-art classroom with the excellent self-learning facilities and medical skills necessary to excel

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in the areas of veterinary medicine, zoonotic diseases, veterinary public health, chemical residue analysis, laboratory animal science and animal nutrition.  Other priorities of

the Faculty include:

 Developing both a pool of knowledge and research as well as academic personnel to  support the need in solving national animal health problems.
Developing a four-year curriculum of Applied Animal Science as an additional mean to enhance the strength of human and animal health care.
Developing a laboratory animal medicine training program for Southeast Asian countries.vet3
Developing analytical facilities for food safety.
Developing knowledge and a curriculum in veterinary forensic medicine to support wildlife conservation.
Contributing to wildlife health care, research and conservation.
Developing, disseminating and supplementing updated information in the area of veterinary science through academic seminars and hands-on training courses for both the public and private sectors.
Serving as a Center of Excellence in offering modern technology and solutions in the areas of livestock production and companion animal health care.

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Advising in the areas of animal health care by diagnosing and providing treatment through a teaching base of both companion animals and livestock hospitals and a mobile unit.
Simultaneously serving public needs in zoonotic disease control while training academic and well-rounded veterinarians.


The Faculty currently offers a six-year curriculum for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and conducts research in both basic and applied clinical sciences such as:



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Forensic study in wildlife by employing molecular biology techniques
The identification and incidence of avian influenza in wild and exotic animals
 Bovine and porcine reproductive medicine
Oxidative stress biomarkers
Herbal pharmacology in veterinary medicine
Genetic and animal behavior






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Administered and operated by the Faculty, the veterinary medical teaching hospital and animal clinic at Salaya Campus and The Livestock and Wildlife teaching hospital located at Kanchanaburi Campus have been in public service since 2004.



 Other facilities operated by the Faculty include the Veterinary Medical Continuing Education Center, which was established to provide life-long learning to professionals’ practice, engaging Faculty resource persons in various disciplines as well as visiting overseas experts and specialists from around the world.  The




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Faculty also runs the Center for Animal Welfare Study and The Monitoring and Surveillance Center for Zoonotic Diseases in Wildlife and Exotic Animals


 
There are collaborations between the

Faculty and overseas institutions such as University College Dublin, Ireland; Utrecht University, the Netherlands; North Carolina State University, USA; University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; University of Queensland, Australia; Institute for Zoo

 

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Biology and Wildlife Research, Germany; Vienna Zoo, Austria; Wildlife Conservation Education and Management Project, Netherlands; and the

 

Zoo Consortium, New Zealand.
MU’s Faculty of Veterinary Science is in the process of establishing various sources of knowledge and skill that will lead the Faculty to be a veterinary medical education center for the Southeast Asia in the near future.






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