IVSA Selangor, Malaysia

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A. IVSA Selangor, Malaysia (Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM)


B. Our City

UPM's Veterinary Medicine faculty is located in Selangor! Selangor is an hour or less away from Malaysia's national capital, Kuala Lumpur. A 45 minutes away from KLIA and KLIA2 airport! Situated just nicely between hustle bustle of the city and tranquility of campus. Not too far for some fun and still be able to focus on our studies.

C. Our Faculty

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the first and oldest Vetreinary Faculty establised in Malaysia.

History:

Immediately after the Second World War, two young Malayans were selected and awarded scholarships for veterinary studies in the United Kingdom. More were selected in the 1950's and 1960's for studies, not only in the United Kingdom, but also in Australia, Canada and New Zealand under Federal, State and Colombo Plan Scholarships.

The number returning to join the Government Veterinary Service was about 2-3 per year. It became obvious in the 1960's that the number was too few for the need of the expanding service especially after the transfer of full responsibility for animal husbandry in 1962.

During that year, the Department of Veterinary Services submitted a memorandum to the Higher Education Planning Committee on the need for veterinary education in Malaysia. The need for a veterinary school in Malaysia was brought up for discussion at the FAO Meeting on Haemorrhagic Septicaemia held in Kuala Lumpur in 1962 and a proposal was actually discussed at the Second Meeting of the FAO/WHO Expert Panel on Veterinary Education in Rome in 1963. The subject was again discussed publicly in 1968 at the first annual conference of the Association of Veterinary Surgeons Malaysia-Singapore.

His Excellency Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra AI-Haj, the Prime Minister at that time, in his opening speech at the conference, promised to study the question of the establishment of a veterinary faculty if a proposal was made.

Consequently, a sub-committee on veterinary education was set up by the Association to pursue the matter. A proposal was eventually submitted to the Higher Education Planning Committee which recommended the establishment of a veterinary faculty in the University of Malaya. There was, however, no action taken. In 1967 the Department of Veterinary Services published a report on the "Proposals for the Development of the Livestock Industry and the Reorganization of the Veterinary Services". A large section was devoted to 'the Case for Establishing a Veterinary Faculty in Malaysia'.

The following year, one noted veterinary educationist, Sir William Weipers, of the Glasgow University Veterinary School was invited out to Malaysia by the Department of Veterinary Services and the Association of Veterinary Surgeons, Malaysia-Singapore to deliver a paper on 'Veterinary education : A study of the needs of Malaysia and Singapore', in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Conference of the Association in Singapore in August, 1968. In November the same year the Kajian Veterinaire carried a lengthy editorial on 'the Case for a Veterinary Faculty in Malaysia'. The first group of students were enrolled in July, 1973, almost exactly 5 years to the month as recommended by Sir Williain Weipers in 1968. This, however, was more of a coincidence than actual planning. As a matter of fact the country, despite early interest in the establishment of a veterinary faculty, was ill-prepared, especially with respect to staff training, when the faculty was finally established.


D. Current IVSA positions


President – Khairina Abdul Halim Treasurer – Vivian Chong Secretary - Fadhilah Exchange Officer – June Chung (junechungsy@gmail.com) Assistant Exchange Officer - Keerati Public Relation Coordinator - Delna Mazda

E. Group exchanges:

We can provide experiences with tropical wildlife. From elephants to orang utan. We also will definitely share lots of cultural experiences!

F. Individual exchanges:

Small animal clinic, University's Veterinary Hospital, Orang Utan Sanctuary, Zoo.

G. Local activities:

Previously we organised IVSA Asia Conference, we are doing group exchanges, IVSA Malaysia UPM-UMK Veterinary Students Local Exchange

H. Articles: None

I. Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/IVSAMalaysia and our E-mail : ivsamalaysia.selangor@gmail.com