Historical Background

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences (CVMAS) was one of the early organized colleges in the University of Gondar. It was inaugurated in 2003 as the first Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Amhara region where livestock is the major agricultural practice. It was established to produce competent graduates to fulfill the national gap for skilled veterinarians, pharmacists and animal science experts. The college comprises three undergraduate and 12 postgraduate programs (10 MSc and 2 PhD). Among the undergraduate programs, the Veterinary Pharmacy is the first in its kind in the country launched to produce Veterinary Pharmacists.

Partnership and internationalization is the strategy of the college and as a result implements veterinary education twinning,online digital platform and summer one health certificate programs in partnership with the US Universities (Ohio and Iowa State Universities) in order to produce day-one competent veterinarians that may realize the global standard set by the World Animal Health Organization to support the National Veterinary Services, which is critical for the well-being of the country’s human and animal populations.

The college strives for quality education, research and community engagement and works to address issues of globalization and changes in scenariossuch as one health, biosecurity, transboundary diseases, exotic animal medicine, economic, entrepreneurship, leadership, information technology, food safety and food security.


The vision of the college is to become among the top performing institutes in the country by 2020 and center of excellence in “Veterinary Public Health and Food Animal Medicine and production”.


The mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences is to provide effective veterinary and animal science manpower and expertise, take part in the improvement and upholding of animal and human health and wellbeing through veterinary and animal science education, undertaking applied research, and rendering community service in the field of veterinary medicine, pharmacy and animal sciences.