03 Apr 2017
JUST Signs MOU with Ministry of Agriculture

In the framework of the Ministry of Agriculture's efforts to strengthen joint-work relations and enhance the cooperation with the relevant local authorities in the livestock sector and in line with the recommendations of the final report of the experts of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Minister of Agriculture (Eng. Khalid Al-Hanifat) and the University Vice President (Dr. Khalid Al-Salem) on behalf of the President (Dr. Omar Al-Jarrah) signed an agreement of cooperation in veterinary services. The Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Falah Shidaifat) and Assistant Secretary-General for Livestock Sector (Dr. Sami Adwan) also present at the ceremony.

This agreement comes in response to the needs of the veterinary technical staff of the ministry for the necessary training and continuing education needs. In view of the excellent scientific reputation of the university and efforts to help implement food safety regulations and maintain the flow of international trade of animals and animal products according to international health requirements.

According to the agreement, ministry specialists will assess the training needs of technical personnel in veterinary services and develop the necessary training plans and programs to improve their capabilities.

The Ministry of Agriculture will adopt JUST/College of Veterinary Medicine and its specialists as a specialized-scientific body to be consulted according to the needs of the ministry in the relevant fields and to conduct laboratory and field diagnosis to support the ministry and participate in epidemiological surveys. The ministry, in cooperation with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, will determine a priority-list of animal diseases according to international requirements to develop research plans, exchange information, publish epidemiological surveys and joint research results, and encourage the participation of ministry veterinary-staff in veterinary workshops.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will facilitate the acceptance of qualified Ministry veterinarians in its graduate programs (master programs and higher diploma). Also, faculty members will continue to serve in specialized technical-committees as requested by the ministry.