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Cairo Vet History

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,

Cairo University,




The development of human civilization has been associated with the ability of man to coexist with animals. Whether hunting, nomadic or as a farmer, man realized his need for animals. In the deserts of Sinai or on the banks of the Nile, Egyptians knew a long time ago that human welfare is linked to animal welfare. The scenes on the walls of the ancient Egyptian temples testify to the fact that Egyptians were probably the first to develop the traditions of veterinary care into a science.

The Egyptians of modern history, like the rest of humanity, have developed the ancient traditions of animal care into an organized science. Over 170 years ago (in 1827), and out of a need to stop the bovine plague “rinderpest”, the fist veterinary school was established in a place called Rasheed in the north west of the Egyptian Delta. In 1950 the school of veterinary medicine became the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and became a part of what is now Cairo University.

Today, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University (VMCU), is the oldest veterinary education and services institute in the Middle East. With 20 specialized departments,  undergraduates are offered close to 100 courses. This is in addition to four training courses that are required of students during the summer break to provide valuable additional field training.

Students applying for master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered over 210 courses covering all the fine specialties of veterinary sciences. VMCU also offers 113 courses for diploma students.

Please, join us on a tour of VMCU and get a feel for the academic and cultural activities that students get to experience.

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