TheDepartment of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1970 and the Masters programstarted in 1982. From 1990, undergraduate student intake was increased to 70per year and divided into two classes. The Doctorate program (Ph.D.) was incorporatedin 1993. To enhance the clinical training of students and also to provide veterinaryservices to the public, the affiliated veterinary teaching hospital was builtin 1980. The Graduate Institute of Veterinary Microbiology was established in1994 and the Graduate Institute of Veterinary Pathology in 1998.
In 1999, the Ministry of Education of ROC approved the establishing of an independent College of Veterinary Medicine, the first in this country. Presently, The College comprises of one department, Department of Veterinary Medicine (including Master and Ph.D. programs), two graduate institutes. Graduate Institute of Veterinary Microbiology and Graduate Institute of Veterinary Pathology, and an affiliated unit; the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The permanent academic staff of the College as of Feb. 2004 stands at 35, and there are 106 graduate and 381undergraduate students. The ratio of the permanent faculty staff to the undergraduates is 1:13.9. We strive to train-qualified veterinarians and highly motivated researchers in veterinary and related fields.
The short and mid-term planning of the College is to remain a single veterinary department and to establish related institutes for graduate programs. The undergraduate education policy is basically clinics oriented with relevant support from the various graduate institutes. The training and curriculum of the undergraduate education are tailored to cope with the demands and expectations of the contemporary society in Taiwan. The faculty staff members strive to provide high quality veterinary education, maintain and advance their state-of-art level of research, and have been very active in promoting veterinary-related activities and providing veterinary services to the local farmers and the public at large. Considering the society's need for in-depth veterinary care for pets and other companion animals as well as for animals for leisure and for appreciation, emphasis will be placed on the training in diagnosis and therapy of diseases of these animals.
The faculty staff also coordinate with each other to form teaching and research groups for enhancing their effectiveness. They also participate in animal health maintenance program of nearby farms, quarantine, prophylaxis and epidemiological control as well as therapeutic services to large, small, aquatic, exotic and wild animals. The College has not only the privilege but also the obligation to provide the best veterinary clinical training and research in this country, and be at par with the international standards.
Since 1971, our University has been active in establishing relationshipswith other universities abroad. Up to the present, we have cooperated witha great number of universities in the U.S., Germany, Australia, Japan, Austria,Korea, Denmark and other countries. Of these universities, over thirty areformally recognized sister universities of ours. We often exchange scholarsand students. We often share academic results. We sometimes cooperate inprojects. And we frequently visit each other.Since its establishment, thisuniversity has really had remarkable achievements in teaching, research,and service. Many of our alumni have indeed become the elite of our society.And many of them have distinguished themselves in foreign lands. We aresurely happy to find so many of us working successfully in every cornerof the world.