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Welcome to Animal Science & Technology Department

Welcome Message

The Animal Production Programme was one of the programmes of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. with the School (SAAT) being one of the four Schools established then in 1982. The Programme started with an initial student enrolment of nine (9) and staff strength of two (2) in 1982. It existed as a programme from 1982 to 1987/88 academic year when it acquired the status of a full-fledged Department and renamed Department of Animal Production. In the 1987/88 session, the first set of students graduated. The degree awarded by the Department up to 1996/97 session was the Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (B. Agric. Tech., Animal Production).  In 1998 the Department was renamed Department of Animal Science and Technology and currently awards the B. Agric. Tech. (Animal Science and Technology), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in different disciplines/specialization in Animal Science and Technology. To date, the Department has graduated well over 3, 500 students.

You are welcome to enrol for any of the programmes we offer in Undergraduate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in highly specialized areas of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition, Animal Management, Animal Products Technology and Animal Reproductive Physiology.

Brief History

The Federal University of Technology, Owerri, was one of the first three Universities of Technology established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the 1981/82 academic sessions. The establishment of the University was in direct response to the national need to raise skilled, innovative and technology-oriented manpower resources for the development of a technology-based economy in Nigeria.

The Animal Production Programme was one of the programmes of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) of the University. The School (SAAT) was one of the four Schools established then. The Programme started with an initial student enrolment of nine (9) and staff strength of two (2) in 1982. It existed as a programme from 1982 to 1987/88 academic year when it acquired the status of a full-fledged Department and renamed Department of Animal Production. In the 1987/88 session, the first set of students graduated. The degree awarded by the Department up to 1996/97 session was the Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (B. Agric. Tech., Animal Production). In 1998 the Department was renamed Department of Animal Science and Technology and currently awards the B. Agric. Tech. (Animal Science and Technology), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in different disciplines/specialization in Animal Science and Technology. To date, the Department has graduated well over 3,500 students.

Dr M.U. Iloeje started the programme and became its first coordinator in 1982. He served in this position until 1988 when he assumed the Deanship of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology. Then Dr N. Eshett (now late) succeeded him as Programme Coordinator. When the Programme assumed a Department status, Dr N. Eshett became the Acting Head (Ag. HOD) of Department. 

Dr A.B.I. Udedibie took over as Ag. HOD in 1989 and held the position until November 1998 when Dr U. Herbert took over as the Ag. HOD.  Dr N.J. Okeudo became the Ag. HOD in 2001 until 2003 when he handed over to Dr G.A.Anyanwu. Dr B.O. Esonu took over from Dr Anyanwu in 2005 and handed over to Dr U.E. Ogundu in 2006. Dr M.C. Uchegbu took over from her in 2010 and handed over to Dr O. O. Emenalom in 2012. Dr E.B. Etuk took over from him in 2015 and handed over to Professor C. T. Ezeokeke 2017.  The current HOD, Dr Mrs H. O. Obikaonu came into office on July 1 2019.  Currently, the Department has a complement of over 35 fulltime academic staff, 5 Registry staff, 4 laboratory staff and 27 technical farm staff.

About Us

Established in 1982, Animal Science is a professional course fully backed by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), the agency regulating practice of Animal Science in Nigeria. Our Curriculum provides the students of animal science with the requisite knowledge, skill and working experience for the practice of animal science profession. With the establishment of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), the image and status of the animal scientist have changed, giving her pride, prominence and motivation.

The Department imparts the technical skills and expertise required for the successful management of modern livestock enterprises.

 

VISION

To become a centre of excellence in research and training in Animal Science and Technology as well as the development of required expertise for the Animal Production Industry and related Industries.

 

MISSION

To produce manpower with a thorough professional background in general agriculture in addition to very accomplished expertise and specialization in the art, science and technology of Animal Science, production and utilization.

Philosophy

To impart the technical skills, the “know-how” and “how to do” required for the successful operation of modern-day animal industry.

Objectives

  1. To produce skilled manpower in Animal Science and Technology through research and teaching.
  2. To provide academic liaison and dissemination of research findings through public lectures, conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and publications.
  3. To provide policy advice and formulation on issues related to Animal Science and Technology.
 

Achievments

In 1989/90 Session, the Department developed a highly specialized Postgraduate training for students in the areas of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition, Animal Management, Animal Products Technology and Reproductive Physiology.

The Department has over the years developed viable livestock holding in the University Teaching and Research Farm. These include large and small ruminant unit, cattle unit, swine unit, poultry unit and feed mill.

In the area of research, the staff of the Department has developed a lot of novel feedstuffs for the livestock industries including jack bean (Canavalia ensiformis), velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens), gelatinized cassava tuber meal, among others.  The genetics and breeding team has also attracted collaborative research funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called the African Chicken Genetics Gain Project (ACGG).  The outcome of this collaborative research has benefited states in all the geopolitical zones of this country.

Staff List and Responsibilities

  1. Professor A.B.I. UdedibieB.Sc. (Animal Science) (UNN): M.Sc., PhD (Cornell); RAS FNSAP; MS.A.N.; M.A.S.N.; Member, African Network for rural Poultry Development, among others.  Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition.  Professor Udedibie, an erudite scholar, has brought fame to the Department in particular and the University in general through his breakthrough in jack bean research. He is widely published and ranks high in the authors most cited in the area of alternative feed resources in animal nutrition. In 1989, Professor Udedibie became the Head of this Department, a position he held for 8 fruitful years, during which he worked tirelessly to see the Department grow. Professor Udedibie was serving a second term as Dean of SAAT when he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), FUTO (2001-2005).

  2. Professor B.O. EsonuB. Agric. Tech. (Animal Production) (FUTO); M.Sc., Ph. D Animal Nutrition (FUTO); RAS, MNSAP; MASN; MNYAS; MASAN; MWPSA; MASAS among others.  Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition.  Professor Esonu was Head, Department of Animal Science and Technology (2005- 2006), University Alumni Relation Officer (2006 -2011) and Director, Centre for Agricultural Research (2011 -2012) and currently, Dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology.


  3. Professor N.J. Okeudo, B. Agric. Science (Ife); M. Phil. (Ife); Ph. D (Belfast); RAS, MNSAP; MASN; MIFST (UK). Area of Specialization: Animal Products.  Professor Okeudo was Head, Department of Animal Science and Technology (2001-2003) and Director, Anticorruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).  Currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, FUTO.


  4. Professor G.A. Anyanwu, B. Agric. Animal Science (UNN); M.Sc. Animal Science (Ibadan); PhD Animal Nutrition (FUTO); RAS MNSAP; MASN; Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition. Professor Anyanwu was Head of Department (2003-2005) and Associate Dean, SAAT (2006 – 2008) and Director, FUTO Farms Ltd (2015 – 2016)


  5. Professor I.C. OkoliDVM (Ibadan); M.Sc. Animal Management (FUTO); PhD (FUTO); MNVMA; MNSAP.  Area of Specialization: Animal Health and Management.


  6. Professor (Mrs) U.E. OgunduB.Sc. Animal Science (Ibadan); M.c. Animal Science (ABU): PhD (FUTO); RAS MNSAP; MASN.  Area of Specialization: Animal Breeding and Genetics. Prof. (Mrs.) Ogundu was the Ag. Head of Department, (2006-2010) and SAAT SIWES Coordinator (2010 -2012), Director, Office of the University Development (2015 – 2016).


  7. Professor M.C. UchegbuB. Agric. Animal Science (UNN); M.Sc. Animal Nutrition (FUTO); PhD (FUTO); RAS MNSAP; MASAN, MASN, MWPSA, Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition.  Prof. Uchegbu was Ag.  Head of Department (2010 – 2012).


  8. Professor O.O. EmenalomB. Agric. Tech. Animal Production (FUTO); M.Sc., PhD Animal Nutrition (FUTO); RAS, MNSAP; MASAN, MNSN, MWPSA; Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition. Prof. Emenalom was SAAT SIWES Coordinator (2003 -2006) and Ag. Head of Department 2012 – 2014), Head of Department (2014 – 2015).


  9. Professor E.B. EtukBAgric. Tech. Animal Production (FUTO); M.Sc., PhD Animal Nutrition (FUTO); RAS, MNSAP; MASAN; MASN; MWPSA:  Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition. Dr Etuk was the Associate Dean, SAAT (2012 – 2014), Associate Dean, Students Affairs (2014 – 2015) and Ag. Head of Department (2015-2017)


  10. Professor C.T. Ezeokeke, B.Sc. Agric. Biochemistry and Nutrition; M.Sc. Agric. Biochemistry; PhD (Ibadan); RAS MASAN; MNSAP; Reader. Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry. Ag. Head of Department (2017-2019).


  11. Dr. (Mrs). H.O. ObikaonuB. Agric. Tech. Animal Production (FUTO); M.Sc., PhD Animal Management (FUTO); RAS, MNSAP; Reader.  Area of Specialization: Animal Management. Dr. (Mrs.) Obikaonu was a Deputy Director, Linkages and Advancement Unit (2011 – 2013) and current Ag. Head of Department.


  12. Prof. I.F. EtukB. Agric. Animal Science (Uyo) M.Sc.(Ife), PhD (Umudike) RAS, MNSAP; MASAN; Reader.  Area of Specialization: Animal Physiology


  13. Dr V.M.O. OkoroB. Agric. Tech. (FUTO);  M.Sc. (Ibadan); PhD (Umudike); RAS,  MNSAP; MASAN; MGSN; MWPSA; Reader. Area of Specialization: Animal Breeding and Genetics.


  14. Dr N.J. Anyanwu, B. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc. (RSUST); RAS; MNSAP; MASAN; MWPSA; Senior Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Pasture and Range Management.


  15. Dr I.P. Ogbuewu, B. Agric. Tech. (FUTO) Animal Science and Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc., PhD (FUTO); RAS, MNSAP; MASAN; Senior Lecturer.  Area Specialization: Animal Reproductive Physiology.


  16. Dr V.U. OdoemelamB. Agric. (Umudike); M.Sc., PhD (Umudike); RAS MNSAP; MASAN; NIAS; Senior Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Livestock Production and Management.


  17. Dr N.O. AladiB. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc, PhD (FUTO); RAS, MNSAP, MASN; MASAN; Senior Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Animal Products Technology.


  18. Dr C. C. Ugwu, DVM (UNN); M. Sc (UNN) Lecturer I.  Area of Specialization: Animal Health & Animal Microbiology.


  19. Dr Mrs O.E. KadurumbaB. Agric. (Umudike); M.Sc. (Umudike), PhD (FUTO), RAS, MASAN, MNSAP, Lecturer I.  Area of Specialization: Animal Genetics and Breeding.


  20. Miss. F. C. EgenukaB. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc (FUTO) Lecturer I;  Area of Specialization: Animal Products


  21. Dr T. C. Iwuji B. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc (Umudike); PhD (Umudike), RAS, MASAN, MNSAP. Lecturer I.  Area of Specialization: Animal Physiology.

  22. Dr U. E. AhiweB. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc (FUTO), PhD (Adelaide); RAS, MASAN, MNSAP Lecturer II.  Area of Specialization: Animal Nutrition.


  23. Dr Mrs P. C. Okere, B. Agric. (CAL); M.Sc (FUTO); PhD (FUTO) RAS, MASAN, MNSAP. Lecturer II.  Area of Specialization: Animal Management.


  24. Mrs C. U. Ezetoha,  B. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc (FUTO), Assistant Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Animal Products.


  25. Mr C. P. Ukwu,  B. Agric. Tech. (FUTO); M.Sc (FUTO), Assistant Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Animal Management.


  26. Mr I. Ejiofor,  B. Agric. (IMSU); M.Sc (MOUAU), Assistant Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Animal Physiology.


  27. Dr A. I. Zanwa, DVM, (UNIMAID);  Assistant Lecturer.  Area of Specialization: Animal Health.


  28. Mr Ifeanyi Solomon Ahamba, B.Agric. Tech (FUTO), Graduate Assistant.  Area of Specialization:  Animal Breeding and Genetics.


  29. Mr Ajeh Lawrence, Giwa, B. Agric (Nasarrawa), Graduate Assistant.  Area of specialization:  Animal Production and Management.


  30. Miss. O. C. Ndu buezeB. Agric (IMSU) Graduate Assistant.  Area of specialization:  Environmental Biology.


  31. Mrs A. Y. UnachukwuB. Agric (IMSU) Graduate Assistant.  Area of specialization:  Animal physiology.


  32. Mr S. Abubakar B. Agric (NASARRAWA) Graduate Assistant.  Area of specialization:  Environmental Biology.

Animal Science and Technology Undergraduate Courses

Course 100 Level

LIST OF COURSES TAKEN IN THE UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMME     
YEAR 1: HARMATTAN? SEMESTER
Course CodeCourse / SubjectLTPUnit
GST 101Use of English????????????????????? I1102
GST 103Humanities; Philosophy and Logic1001
MTH 101Elementary Mathematics???? I3104
PHY 101General Physics????????????????? I3014
CHM 101General Chemistry????????????? I3014
BIO 101Biology for Agricultural and Biological Science. I2013
ENG 101Workshop Practice????????????? I0011
ENG 103Engineering Drawing I0011
IGB 101Igbo1001
FRN 101French1001
Total21
?RAIN SEMESTER??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
GST 110History and Philosophy of Science1102
GST 102Use of English II1102
GST 108Polity and Economy of Nigeria1001
MTH 102Elementary Mathematics??? II3104
PHY 102General Physics???????????????? II3014
CHM 102General Chemistry???????????? II3014
BIO 102Biology for Agric and Biological Science. II2002
ENG 102Workshop Practice???????? II?????0011
IGB 101Igbo1001
FRN 101French1001
Total21

Course 200 Level

YEAR 2     
HARMATTAN SEMESTER
Course CodeCourse / SubjectLTPUnit
AGR 203Introduction to Agriculture1001
AGR 205Agricultural Chemistry1012
AGR 207Agricultural Biotechnology1012
AST 201Principles of? Animal Production 11012
AEX 201Introduction to Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology2002
CSC 201Computers and Applications I2114
STA 211Statistics2103
CST 201Crop Anatomy, Taxonomy and Physiology1012
Total19
RAIN? SEMESTER
AGR 202Farm Practice I1001
AGR 204Agricultural Biochemistry1012
AST 202Principles of Animal Production II1012
CST 202Tree and vegetable crop production1002
CST 204Field crop production1002
CST 206Agro-climatology and Biogeography1012
SST 202Principles of Soil Science1012
AEC 202Principles of Micro and Macro Economics2002
FAT 202Introduction to Fisheries and Aquaculture1002
FWT 202Principle of Forestry Research and Wildlife Management1012
SIW 200Industrial Attachment?0?0?2?2
Total21

Course 300 Level

YEAR 3     
HARMATTAN SEMESTER
Course CodeCourse / SubjectLTPUnit
AGR 301Farm Practice II0011
AGR 303Agricultural Genetics1012
AST 301Introduction to Tropical Animal Health1012
AEC 301Farm Management1012
AEC 303Agricultural Marketing and Cooperative2002
CST 301Crop diseases and their control1102
SST 301Soil Chemistry & Fertility1012
AGE 301Farm Planning & Structures1012
AEX 301Community Agricultural Extension1012
ENS 301Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation2002
Total19
RAIN? SEMESTER
AGR 302Farm Practice III0011
AGR 304Agricultural Statistics and Biometry1012
AST 302Introduction to Animal Nutrition and Feeding1012
AGE 202Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization?1023
CST 302Crop pests and their control2012
SST 302Soil and water management3002
AGR 306Processing and Storage of Agricultural Food Products2012
AEX 302Introduction to Rural Sociology2002
ENS 302Business Creation, Growth and Corporate Governance2002
AGR 308Geography Information Systems in Agriculture2002
Total20

Course 400 Level

YEAR 4 (Practical Year/SIWES)  
S.NoCourse / SubjectUnit
1Crop Production Techniques (Permanent, arable and horticultural crops)4
2Animal Husbandry Techniques (cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, pigs and rabbits)3
3Agricultural products, processing and storage2
4Crop protection and pests and disease control2
5Animal health management2
6Soil fertility, soil and water management2
7Farm design, farm survey and land use planning2
8Farm management, farm records and farm accounts2
9Extension practices2
10Workshop practices2
11Farm mechanization practices2
12Agricultural meteorology2
13Report writing3
Total30

Course 500 Level

YEAR 5     
HARMATTAN SEMESTER???????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????
Course CodeCourse / SubjectLTPUnit
AST 501Animal Health and Biosecurity??????????????1012
AST 503Abattoir Management and Animal Product Handling and Marketing1012
AST 505Poultry Production and Hatchery Technology1012
AST 507Sheep and Goat Production1012
AST 509Research and Analytical Techniques in Animal Science0032
AST 513Biotechnology in Animal Science2002
AST 515Quantitative and Hereditary Genetics in Animal Breeding1012
AST 517Animal Feeds and Feeding1012
AST 519Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals1012
AST 521Animal Science Jurisprudence and Ethics1001
AEC 515Agricultural Business Management and Finance??2002
Total21
RAIN? SEMESTER
AST 502Swine Production1012
AST 504Cattle and Equine Production Technology1012
AST 506Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology1012
AST 508Pasture Management and Utilization1012
AST 510Applied Animal Breeding1012
AST 512Rabbit and Mini-livestock Production2002
AST 514Research Techniques in Animal Science and Technology and Seminar0033
AST 516Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology of Farm Animals1012
AST 518Animal Microbiology2002
AEX 506Rural Community Development2002
Total21

Our Academic Programme

The Department offers a 5-year programme of instruction leading to the award of the Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (B. Agric. Tech.) degree in Animal Science and Technology. The degree programme is carefully structured to give the students a thorough professional background in general agriculture, in addition to very accomplished expertise and specialization in the Science and Technology of Animal Production. The main focus of our training is imparting the technical skills and know-how required for successful management of modern livestock enterprises and research units. A very unique feature of our programme is that staff members are made to carry students along in instructions, discussions and development of appropriate technologies to meet the demands of the animal industry in the tropics.

Another unique feature of our curriculum is the practical content of our courses. Each hour of classroom contact is matched with another 3 hours of practical laboratory and/or on-farm exposure. Our training programme scrupulously provides opportunities for our students to learn by actually “doing it” themselves. In order to emphasize the importance of the practical aspect, our programme exposes the students to the rigours of animal production in the world, by offering job-training attachments to various Animal Production enterprises and farms. These periods of on-the-farm training amount to 30% of the student’s entire stay in our Department. The contents of the undergraduate courses also offer excellent preparation for eventual postgraduate training in any of the areas of higher degree specialization in Animal Science and Technology in our University or any other University in the world.

Admission Requirements

Admission through University/Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

Candidates seeking admission into the Department through the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must possess at least five O’ Level credits in the SSCE, NECO or GCE at not more than two sittings. The subjects include Agricultural Science / Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English language. Biology may be taken in place of Agricultural Science and vice versa but English, Mathematics and Chemistry are compulsory for any student to be admitted into any Department in the University.

Admission through Direct Entry

Candidates seeking admission into the Department by Direct Entry must possess any of the following: West African School Certificate/GCE (Advanced Level), Higher School Certificate (HSC), National Diploma or Higher National Diploma (Upper Credit) in relevant subjects which must have covered courses required by the Department. In addition, such a candidate must meet the O’ Level requirements for admission.

Admission by Transfer

Occasionally, advanced placements are offered to students who transfer from other recognized universities after careful review of their academic transcripts. Such candidate must, however, meet the basic O’ Level requirements as approved by the University senate.

Associations

The students in the Department are encouraged to interact with themselves to take advantage of peer influence on their positive development as professionals in the livestock industry. The students association, Nigerian Association of Animal Science Students (NASSA), is registered with the Students’ Affairs Unit of the University and staff members in the Department act as Patrons and Advisers. The students exchange ideas and engage in such social activities as would help to integrate them as members of one family.

Inside Animal Science & Technology Department

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Dr. (Mrs). Helen O. Obikaonu


 

Reader, HOD, Animal Science & Technology
B. Agric. Tech., M.Sc., PhD., RAS, MNSAP
Email: helen.obikaonu@futo.edu.ng; hod.ast@futo.edu.ng