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dept animal sci

  • A Brief History of the Department
    The Department of Animal Science was created in September, 2002 by the Cross River State government, under the tertiary institutions merger project which gave birth to the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH. The department started as an offshoot of what used to be known as Department of Animal Health of the then Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture, Obubra. With the merger Project, the Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture became the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the university, and its Department of Animal Health was renamed department of Animal Science with expansion of its curriculum, facilities and employment of more qualified staff. From its inception, the undergraduate programme was designed to give students in-depth training on the fundamental concepts and principles of animal science, as well as the practical experience and discipline that would form the bedrock for the building of sound professionalism. Over the years, the department has continued to witness increasing staff and student population. Also training facilities like laboratories and farm infrastructure have been put in place to meet the modern training needs in the various areas of the programme. In 2005, the department gained interim accreditation during the National Accreditation exercise embarked upon by the National Universities Commission (NUC), for academic programme in Nigerian universities, and in 2007 it secured a full accreditation status. Currently, the department is running postgraduate programmes up to PhD level, having obtained approval for the same from the National Universities Commission.

    Production of graduates that are adequately equipped with the comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for engaging in productive and economic animal husbandry that will meet the food needs of the teaming Nigerian populace and provide raw materials for our agro-based industries.

    a. To produce professionals equipped with the knowhow not only to be self employed but also to become employers;
    b. To produce graduates with sufficient technical, productive and entrepreneurial skills who will be involved in production, research and entrepreneurship in animal agriculture and other related disciplines;
    c. To produce graduates that are relevant to themselves, the industry and society and who can contribute effectively to national development goals in agriculture

    Entry requirements:
    Candidates should posses at least, five “Ordinary Level” subjects passed at credit level, in their CGE, SSCE or NECO in not more than two sittings. The five subjects must include: English Language, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural Science, and any of the following subjects, Physics, Economics and Geography. Candidates substituting Agricultural Science for Biology must also earn a pass in Biology in addition to the credit pass in Agricultural Science.

    Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME)
    Admission into year one will require sitting for the following UTME subjects:
    English Language, Chemistry, and any of the following two subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Agricultural Science, Economics and Geography.

    Direct Entry (DE):
    For Direct Entry: - “A” level passes in the relevant subjects; ND with a minimum of Upper Credit and NCE with a minimum of merit plus 5 credits in WASCE/NECO/GCE “O” level may be admitted into 200 Level.
    Course duration - 5 years for UME and 4 years for direct entry candidates.

    Graduation Requirements:
    To graduate, a student shall have undergone 4 or 5 years of study depending on his entry point, including one practical year of 12 months. The activities of the practical year should include periodic seminars on the student’s work as a way of stimulating interest as well as the presentation of a written report to be graded at the end of the year. The student must earn a minimum of 167 credit units for the five year programme and 132 credit units for the four year (direct entry) programme in Animal Science. In addition the submission of an undergraduate project thesis based on supervised research is a graduation requirement, which cannot be compromised. This requirement exposes the student to problem-solving techniques and provides him with an ability to organize ideas from literature and research findings.

    Degree classification:
    The determination of the class of degree shall be based on the Cumulative Grade Point Average earned at the end of the programme. The GPA is computed by dividing the total number of credit points (TCP) b y the total number of units (TNU) for all the courses taken in the semester. The CGPA shall be used in the determination of the class of degree.

    The maximum length of time allowed to obtain a degree in the Department shall be fourteen semester for the 5-year degree program and twelve semesters for students admitted directly into the 200 level. For extension beyond the maximum period, a special permission of senate shall be required on the recommendation of the faculty board.

    Probation is a status granted to a student whose academic performance falls below on acceptable standard. A student whose cumulative grade point average is below 1.50 at the end of a particular year of study, earns a period of probation for one academic session.

    A candidate whose cumulative grade point average is below 1.50 at the end of a particular period of probation should be required to withdraw from the university.
    Any student who cannot satisfy the graduation requirements within 2-years after the prescribed duration for the programme (i.e. 6 or 7 years after admission) shall be required to withdraw from the university.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
    This is the up-to-date mean of the grade points earned by the student in a programme of study. It is an indication of the student’s overall performance at any point in the training programme. To compute the cumulative grade point average, the total of grade points multiplied by the respective credit units for all the semesters are added and then divided by the total number of Credit Units for all courses registered by the student.

    Course evaluation
    Continuous assessment is a significant component of the assessment of a student” performance in a course. It constitutes 30% of the final grade awarded. The Grade Point Average (GPA) and the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) systems are the yardsticks for evaluating student performance from semester to semester and from year to year. The final degree classification should be based on the final CGPA ranges contained in the following table:


    Name Of Staff



    Course /Subject Taught


    Dr. B. A. Ukorebi

    Snr, Lect.

    B. Agric. Tech.  Animal Prod.), M.Sc. Animal Science & Ph.D (Animal Nutrition)  Professional Association: Nig. Soc. Of Animal Prod., ASAN, NIAS

     1. Prin. of food science  & tech. 2. monogastric nutrition 3. Ruminant nutrition. 4. Intro. To agric  biochem 6. Agric  biochem & methods.


    Prof. E.A. Agiang


    Ph.D, NSAP, ASAN



    Dr. D. E Attoe

    Snr. Lect

    Ph.D, NSAP, ASAN

    Animal production


    Dr. E. A. Ayuk

    Snr. Lect.

    B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D



    Dr. H.A Ibekwe

    Snr. Lect.

    Ph.D (Biochem), DVM 1988.  Professional Association: 1. Nig. Vet. Med. Ass.  2.  Nig. Soc. For Biochem & Mol. Bio.  3. West African Soc For Pharmacology.  4. Nig. Soc. For Animal Production.

    1. anatomy and physiology of farm animal.  2 milk and meat hygiene. 3. Agric biochemistry. 4. Basic vet. Pharm.5. reproductive physiology & A I Animal health & diseases. Prin. of food science & technology


    Dr. S. O. Akpet


    B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Animal Nutrition & Agric Biochem)
    Professional Association:

    1. intro. To agric biochemistry. 2 gen. chemistry 3. Organic chemistry.


    Dr. Peter M. Bikom

    Lect. 1

    DVM. 1991. Professional Association:. 1. Vet. Council Of Nig. 2. Nig. Society For Animal Production, 3 Nig. Vet. Medicine Assc.

    1. Anatomy & Physiology, 2. Obstetric & Gynaecology. 3 Pharmacology. 4. Zoometric Diseases 5. Surgery 6. Parasitology


    Dr. V. N. Meremikwu

    Snr.  Lect.

    B. Tech. animal prod. (1990). M. sc animal mgt. and prod. (2001), ph. D. (Aninal Production).
    Professional Association. 1. Nig. Soc. For animal prod. (NSAP).  2. Animal Science Ass. Of Nig. (ASAN). 3. World Poultry Assoc.  4. NIAS.   

    1. Range And Pasture Mgt. 2. Animal Prod. Tech.  3.  Rabbit Mgt & Prod. 4. Ruminant Animal Prod.. 5. Equine Prod. 6. Swine Prod. 7. Prin. Of Animal Prod.


    Mr. Effiong O. E.

    Lect. 1 18/12/02

    B.Sc. (Animal Science, 1978), M.Sc (Reproductive Physiology, 1980)

    1. Anatomy And Physiology Of Farm Animals. 2. Basic Animal Breeding And Genetics


    Prof. L. N. Agwunobi


    B.Sc, M.Sc. Ph. D Animal  Nutrition



    Mr. A. Essien

    Lect. 1

    B.Sc. Animal Sc. (1994), M. Sc. Animal Sc (1998), , M.Sc Agric Ext. & Rural Dev. 2003. Ph .D (Animal Physiology (In View)).  PROFESSIONAL ASSO.- Ani. Assoc Of Nig.; World Poultry Sc.; Agric Ext. Network; NIAS

    1. Animal Nutrition . 2. Pasture And Range Mgt. 3 Genetics And Animal Breeding







    Dr. Assam Assam

    Lect. 1

    DVM, MSc, PhD

    Animal Health, Animal Production & Mgt.


    Prof. G.A. Amyanwu


    Bsc, Msc, PhD

    Animal Nutrition
    ,Livestock Instrumentation








    Mr. Ayabie Simon A.

    Asst. Chief Tech.

    Full time

    HND, PGD


    Mr. Gboshe Noah Peter

    Asst Chief Tech

    Full time

    HND, PGD, M.Sc.


    Mr. Enu Thomas M.

    Prin. Tech.

    Full time

    HND, PGD, M.Sc.


    Mr. Njam Michael E.

    Prin. Tech.

    Full time

    HND, PGD














    Mr. Esit Abeng Okimba

    Asst Admin Officer

    Tull Time











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