The Deputy Associate Dean of the University of Namibia (UNAM), Dr Haakuria, has been conferred by Harper Adams University with a postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy. Dr Haakuria is a PHd holder in Biopharmaceutical Production (Vaccine Production) and this new qualification adds a professional dimension to his pharmaceutical training, in addition to being a great academic achievement for the UNAM’s venerated School of Pharmacy. The postgraduate diploma comes at a time where the expansion and diversification of qualifications offered at UNAM are striving to achieve and exceed Vision 2030 and the various National Development Plans.
Alison Pyatt, senior lecturer in animal science and Dr Steven Kayne, professional director for the veterinary pharmacy education programme (VPEP), travelled to the University of Namibia last year to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Namibia (UNAM).
Since then, Dr Haakuria has been the first in Namibia to recieve the postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Pharmacy, which has enabled the development of a Veterinary Pharmacy Continuing Professional Devlopment (CPD) programme at UNAM.
Dr Haakiura said: ““Veterinary pharmacy actualises interdisciplinary co-operation between
pharmacists, veterinarians, epidemiologists and other health professionals
to tackle global health challenges including antimicrobial resistance, drug
residues in food, pandemic outbreaks and zoonosis. Since most infectious
diseases that affect humans come from animals, pharmacists require
requisite knowledge to recognise zoonosis in order to fulfil their public health
“A postgraduate diploma will follow the CPD programme
and this will be a signature programme for UNAM in general and the School of Pharmacy in particular. “I am convinced that this new field will shine light on the low hanging fruit to safeguard human and animal health in a broader context. Its crosscutting nature makes this new field valuable for settings where people live in close proximity with animals, domestic and wild.”
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