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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

The English Language Teaching Unit is part of the Veterinary Medical Education unit of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. The ELTU has been in existence at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science since 1987, and runs the following programmes annually.

Pre-sessional orientation programme which includes an English Language learning component of 200 hours

VMEU 111 30 hrs
VMEU 121 30 hrs
VMEU 211 15 hrs
VMEU 221 15 hrs
VMEU 311 15 hrs
VMEU 321 15 hrs

The objectives of the above courses in general
  • To ensure that the students of the FVMAS do not drop out of the course as a result of not having the required proficiency to follow the veterinary programme in English.
  • To equip students with adequate skills to handle the academic activities in the FVMAS.
  • To help, guide and counsel students of FVMAS in the difficulties they would face in the area of English Language.
  • To make the students who pass out of FVMAS employable and enable them to be ‘fits’ rather than ‘misfits as regards English Communication skills in the world of work.


Regular end- semester evaluation

A minimum ‘C’ grade pass at the 5th end semester examination is mandatory for the award of the BVSc.

The English Language Teaching Programme in the faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science consists of an Intensive English Language Programme and on-going English Programme.

The intensive English Language programme –10- 12 weeks or 200 hours.
On going programmes:
1 & 2nd Semester 60 hours
3rd Semester 15 hours
4th Semester 15 hours
5th Semester 15 hours
6th Semester 15 hours

Placement test at the entry level
Achievement test at the end of the intensive English Programme
End semester exams : 06
Success at the 5th end semester examination in pre-requisite for the award of BvSc.

During the 1st and second semesters the emphasis is on understanding lectures – Towards this end vocabulary items, reading material on relevant topics, writing on relevant tasks are included.
In the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th semesters major skills needed as a professional veterinarian in the world of work are practiced. CV writing, Interview skills, Telephone skills, Professional social behaviour, Report writing, Proposal writing, Letter writing skills are some of them.