F E AT U R E Veterinarian: A Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine and least five years of experience for laboratory and diagnostic purposes. Nationals require a two years experience at least. Veterinarian Assistant: Bachelor’s degree and a two years experience, Excluding UAE Nationals. Vet Laboratory Technician: Two academic post secondary years, or a diploma with minimum two years experience, excluding UAE nationals. Veterinary Nurse: General High School Certificate or an equivalent certificate with at least one year of experience, excluding nationals of the UAE. (From the Ministry of Environment and Water website. For more information, visit Veterinary academic programs offered now and with this growth in the industry, passionate people who have dreamt to provide medical services to animals in the country will not have to let it remain a dream anymore. United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) will now be offering an accredited Bachelors program specializing in Veterinary Medicine at the university’s College of Food and Agriculture. Keeping in view the increasing need of animal-related medications, UAEU gave the green signal for the program at the previous University Council meeting which was headed by the Chancellor of the University and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, His Highness Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. No higher education institute has seen the likes of such a degree in the country before. The length of this degree is set to be five years inclusive of both theory and practical content. Graduates will have qualifications of the same level of any other international institute that offers a similar program. Petigree contacted Dr. Sameeh M. Abu Tarbush, the Chair of Veterinary Medicine Department of the College of Food and Agriculture at UAEU to get more insight into this program. A degree related to veterinary studies is pretty much alien to the academic lobbies in the country. He let us in on what became the motivation behind the idea to start this program. “Only civilized communities recognize the necessity for veterinary education, and this comes in agreement with the wise Emirati vision towards education advancement. The College of Food and Agriculture at UAEU has been receiving continuous and unrelenting support from the higher administration,” said Dr. Sameeh. “Veterinary medicine is a strategic profession that serves in the first frontier of human and animal protection against devastating infectious and zoonotic diseases. It ensures providing humans with safe food, protects the national security and contributes highly to the concept of ‘one world one health.’ There is a high demand for veterinary medicine profession and national veterinarians, in the country, and currently very few are present that hold administrative positions. The vision of this department is to provide the country with well-rounded, highly qualified veterinarians, trained for different filed disciplines, as needed,” he further elaborated. According to Dr. Sameeh, the response from youth to the news that such a program will soon be offered was really positive. Describing this encouraging response, he stated, “Our students are very excited about the program and for some of them it is a dream that has come true. Veterinary medicine is a nice and enjoyable profession that suits male and female students. Few fields of Veterinary medicine profession are tough and need man power, while in the majority of the fields females and males have equal opportunity of success and job self-satisfaction.” On field opportunities for students The kind of job market that the graduates are released into is a significant factor that will decide the success of the program. Expressing confidence and optimism that ample opportunities will await the students once they graduate, Dr. Sameeh asserted, “During the five years of the veterinary medicine degree program, there are several 09