On Wednesday 7/12/2022, the Committee of Deans of Iraqi Colleges of Veterinary Medicine held its second meeting for the academic year 2022-2023, chaired by Prof. Dr. Ahmed Hamid Al-Azzam, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Kufa in the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Basra.
The meeting dealt with many points on the agenda, including studying the reasons for the large dropout rates of those admitted to faculties of veterinary medicine and proposing quick remedies for that, including the need for immediate application of the veterinary medical apprenticeship law and revitalizing the private sector to create job opportunities for new graduates. The meeting also studied the desire of graduates for the two academic years 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 to complete their postgraduate studies in light of the delay in implementing the periodic residence requirement due to circumstances beyond their control. The committee decided to raise the recommendation, except for graduates of the two years referred to above from the requirement to perform the periodic residence year, allowing them to do so and continue in this context until the implementation of the veterinary medical apprenticeship law in its new form.
The committee also reviewed a draft cooperation agreement between the faculties of veterinary medicine and the General Veterinary Department and its teaching hospitals to achieve the greatest degree of cooperation in aspects of training, research and scientific consultations. The committee decided to proceed with approving and signing this agreement after completing the necessary legal procedures from both parties.
The committee also listened to a presentation by the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Al-Muthanna University, on the developments and circumstances of moving the college to its new location. The committee praised the efforts of the deanship of the college and the support of the university presidency to provide an appropriate educational and research environment, with the hope of more support from other parties, such as the local administration.