Greeting From Dean
Associate Professor Dr Mohd Mokhtar Bin Arshad
DVM, PhD Michigan State University (Epidemiology)
” The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at UMK was established in June 2009 with the first intake of students in July 2009. Since then, FPV was in the hands of very capable leader and staffs. A lot of progress and achievements have been made: Klinik Veterinar UMK, accreditation of the first and second batch of veterinary graduates by the Malaysian Veterinary Council (MVC), registration of the first and second batch in MVC and graduating the first and second batch in November 2014 and 2015 respectively.
It has been a distinct honour for me to be given the opportunity by the VC to lead our faculty and I will sincerely appreciate all the support and friendship from all of FPV’s staffs.
Where are we heading after the foundation of FPV had been formed?
Whether our faculty advances or doesn’t depends largely on the extent and rate of innovation it is able to implement.
Opportunities to innovate do not come along every day. We must make an attempt to identify avenues through which the faculty could advance. Some opportunities are just lying there, waiting to be seized upon, and others only become apparent after lots of exploration of ideas with many people. These innovations are literally created.
One of the most rewarding innovations in our faculty was the building of the Klinik Veterinar UMK. This was an example of an opportunity that was waiting to be seized upon. The stars literally lined up, and we now have a facility that supports all of our programs and is the envy of virtually every other veterinary college.
The Klinik Veterinar should spawned further innovations, such as the 24-7 Emergency and Critical Care service and the after-hours emergency clinic.
Our innovative initiative to service referring veterinarians, clients, and our animal patients will provide more teaching caseload for our students, and a more viable business plan to fund our mission.
Innovative initiative in large animal practices should provide a wider range of equine experiences for our students, such as creating a program with several horse associations and owners in Kelantan, Trengganu and Pahang. The Dairy Extension program should be started to broaden its reach and integrate it into student teaching. Program in Aquatic Animal Health should also be started and should extend to research on infectious disease, production aquaculture, rehabilitation, distance education, Extension, and toxicology. Shelter medicine programs should also be started and championed. We should also institute a courier service in clinical pathology to better serve local practitioners.
The facilities at FPV were great but we have to improve them even more. We have been given a green light to rent nearby shoplot as an office, classrooms, lecturers room. In the new shoplots the library was designed to become a more student friendly learning center.
In research, we committed to bolster research funding and enhance our stature among our peers. We also created a strategic focus in zoonotic diseases research.
Ultimately our progress depends on the people who work here. Everyone has a role to play, with their own contributions of talent and creativity. Being dean is a lot like conducting an orchestra: Everyone doing their own thing in an unorganized fashion is not very effective, but everyone contributing their best at just the right time and in just the right way is a beautiful thing. When this happens at the faculty, we are awesome.
We try very hard to position talented personnel in the right roles, to keep us all working within a great environment. The constant struggle to achieve this is what I get my greatest satisfaction.
I think we have made great strides, but we have so much more work to do. There are more opportunities just waiting to be developed, and more innovations in store. “