The University of Nicosia has taken a significant step towards establishing the first Veterinary School in Cyprus by appointing an International Veterinary Advisory Committee to guide the development of the new School. The Committee is chaired by Dr Stavros Malas, a geneticist who served as Cyprus Minister of Health (2011-2012).
The University of Nicosia aims to have the Veterinary School up and running by September 2019, offering a five-year programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. To that end, the University of Nicosia has already signed memoranda of cooperation with the Pancyprian Veterinary Association, the Cyprus Agricultural Chamber, the Pancyprian Organisation of Cattle Farmers, the Pancyprian Organisation of Sheep and Goat Farmers, and the Pancyprian Pig Farmers’ Association.
It is anticipated that the establishment of a Veterinary School in Cyprus will have significant scientific, research, economic and social benefits. The Veterinary School will be modelled on the University of Nicosia’s Medical School, to ensure that it becomes a regional and international centre of education and research that follows international quality assurance criteria.
Research will be carried out on fundamental issues such as animal health, the genetic improvement of livestock, the connection between the health of animals and public health, the improvement of food safety, and animal welfare. Veterinarians will be offered continuing professional development on new advances in veterinary sciences, and practice and farmers will be provided with the tools they need to keep their animals healthy and to ensure higher productivity.
The Veterinary School will also work closely with all stakeholders to help improve the public’s awareness of animal rights and to protect and preserve healthy ecosystems, which will safeguard the health of both animals and humans.