The veterinary hospital, which was completed in 2014, has consulting rooms, records, pharmacy, laboratory, weighing and treatment areas. The Small Animal Teaching Hospital, first to be built in Ghana would accommodate and cater for domestic animals that are ill, diseased, or injured and need special treatment and attention. Services to be provided at the hospital include emergency services, vaccine services and surgery- castration, spaying, turmoil removal and other surgical operations.
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey in his address lauded the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Veterinary Council of Ghana for their enthusiasm and contribution towards the putting up of the facility. He acknowledged the commitment of the University to furnish the hospital with all the necessary equipment, while working hand in hand to support and address challenges that would affect the operations of the hospital.
Prof. Aryeetey indicated that following the inauguration of the veterinary hospital, it is incumbent on University of Ghana to train new generation of veterinarians who are dedicated to the welfare of small animals. He called on the first batch of graduating students of the School of Veterinary Medicine to return to the University and offer their expertise by taking up administrative and teaching positions when the hospital is fully operational. He thanked the Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu for his guidance and support to the School.
The Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, and incoming Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, chaired the ceremony. He called to attention the need and responsibility to protect and care for small and defenceless animals. He noted that the Small Animal Teaching Hospital was established to enable researchers in Animal Science to study, learn and obtain an appreciable understanding of the culture of animals. He stressed on the symbiosis between humans and animals, adding that it is important for humans to become “Friends of Animals” to gather invaluable lessons from them.
Prof. Oduro Owusu expressed his gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey for providing the College with the facility, adding that he was optimistic that the equipment would soon arrive to make the facility fully operational.
Earlier in welcome remarks, the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Paa Kobina Turkson, recounted the procurement process that facilitated the commencement of the hospital project. He noted that the School of Veterinary Medicine has been test-running the facility for now, while waiting for all the other necessary equipment to be brought in and installed.
He mentioned in particular that the hospital with its mission to educate, improve animal life and innovate, would deal mainly with pets and companion animals. The mission of the hospital, he further noted, would include a dedication to provide exceptional patient care, serve as a referral centre for animal owners and veterinarians, advance veterinary education and develop innovative solutions to the health problems of animals.
Present at the inauguration were the Chairman of Veterinary Council of Ghana, Dr. William Amanfo, and the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. K. A. Boadi, staff of the hospital and students from the School of Veterinary Medicine.
The hospital is located along Atomic-Haatso Road, adjacent the GOIL Filling Station close to Agbogba junction.