Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Kyrgyzstan, with its wealth of biodiversity and environmental potential, is one of the most important countries not only in Central Asia, but in the whole world. The country is rich in water resources, has wide and rich plateaus, a stable ecological situation, rich plant life, and high mountain pastures. Kyrgyzstan is drawing more and more attention from around the world as a reliable source of bioecological livestock.
The mission of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is to prepare and train highly-qualified veterinarians who provide visionary care for nature and animal life. Graduates of Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University make a significant contribution towards the development of livestock in the country, towards protecting the health of humans and animals, and towards the rational use of natural resources to improve the welfare of people the world over.
The other goal is to integrate the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine into the world veterinary society. For this, the leadership of the Faculty and the university, along with the Board of Trustees, decided that all research, the educational process, academic buildings, laboratories, the veterinary clinic, and animal housing should all be created to meet standards set by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education. Because of the results of these goals, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at KTMU has become a significant educational center not only in Kyrgyzstan, but in Central Asia as a whole.
Students complete the preparatory language courses, and then study five years to complete the basic educational course. At the end of their theoretical and practical education, which takes nine semesters, students spend one semester working in the veterinary clinic and livestock facilities at the university, or doing an internship in Kyrgyzstan or Turkey, where they learn the methods and practical skills necessary for their professional lives.
It would be a mistake to limit the mission of veterinary science to only protecting the health of animals. Veterinary science has a direct relationship to the health of mankind, which makes separating the health of animals and people is impossible. Protecting people from diseases that can pass from animals or from animal products to humans is the most important mission of veterinarians. This was said best by the scientist Ivan Pavlov (though some sources attribute it to another scientist, Yevseenko): "A medical doctor treats men, but a veterinarian treats mankind."
To ensure that our growing population has safe sources of food, new technology and scientific discoveries are being used to improve types and breeds of animals. Methods and technology for diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases are constantly changing, improving and evolving to meet the needs of society and the world today.
Ümit Gürbüz, PhD