Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 2009 to train highly qualified Veterinary Surgeons with sufficient clinical and scientific knowledge, and skills needed to respond to animal health and zoonotic challenges of Ghana. The School is mandated to run a six-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programme.
Ghana is currently facing a severe shortage of Veterinary Surgeons needed to adequately monitor, prevent and control infectious diseases of public health and economic importance. So severe is the shortage that Ministry of Food and Agriculture was compelled to re-engage Veterinarians who have already retired from active civil service.
Most districts have no qualified Veterinarians to treat their animals, a situation that threatens the animal industry and public health.