IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary
School and Reference Centre (ISTVS)
+252 2 730118


Application procedure:

  • An advertising campaign is conducted between April and May, every academic year to market the programmes that ISTUS offers and its arsenal of facilities. The team targets secondary schools in Somaliland, Puntland, Juba land and South Somalia.
  • Students from other IGAD member countries can access information for the new intake through the institution’s social media platforms i.e. website, Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Application forms, brochures, flyers and posters are distributed to secondary schools through their principals and headteachers, an electronic version is also available on the university website.
  • Application forms are collected and vetted by the admissions office, eligible candidates are then informed about the status (acceptance/rejection) of their applications. This is through telephone and email communication channels.
  • The new intake is once a year and admissions are in August/ September every year.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ISTUS Degree programmes will be based on the following minimum qualifications:

  • A pass at O Level (From all IGAD Countries) plus a pass in Common ISTUS Entrance Examination (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and English language) plus a pass in One Semester ISTUS Foundation Course (English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Information Technology)
  • A pass at A level plus a pass in Common ISTUS Entrance Examination (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and English language).

Regulation for Credit Transfer and Exemptions

  • Credit Transfer

The common regulations governing the credit transfer and exemption of courses in the Department of Agriculture, shall apply:

  1. The credit transfer shall be applicable for candidates from universities or institutions recognized by ISTUS Academic Board.
  2. The number of hours, content and grading of course (s) for which credit transfer is sought shall be similar to the degree courses offered at.
  3. Only grades of C and above shall be transferred.
  4. Only a maximum of one third (1/3) of the total prescribed courses required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture can be transferred.


A candidate may be exempted from some courses by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board provided that:

  1. Such a candidate had taken those courses in a recognized University or equivalent institution recognized by the Academic Board of ISTUS and achieved a pass grade
  2. A candidate seeking such exemptions shall submit a duly completed senate approved form specifying the course(s) for which exemption is desired and attach evidence, showing the contents of what was studied.
  • The courses specified are to satisfy the requirements for the first year of study only. A candidate requiring exemption from 2nd, 3rd or 4th-year courses shall in the absence of credit transfer be required to sit university examination(s) and attain at least pass grade, which will then be used in the classification of the degree.
  1. Course units recommended for exemption should not exceed 1/3 of the total courses in the degree programme.
  2. A candidate admitted into 2nd year of study shall be deemed to have already been exempted from 25% of the total courses in the degree programme.
  3. A non-refundable course exemption fee as determined by the University shall be paid with each application for exemption.

Course Requirement

Student obligation

  1. Each student shall sign a class attendance register for each lecture and practical lesson attended.
  2. A student shall be expected to attend at least two-thirds of all the lectures and practical sessions, write all CATs, submit all practical laboratory reports or field reports and assignments to be allowed to sit for semester exams
  3. A candidate who does not satisfy this condition with a good cause in any semester, shall on the recommendation of the faculty academic board of examiners and approved by the Senate, be allowed to repeat all the affected units in that semester
  4. A candidate who does not satisfy this condition without good cause in any semester, shall on the recommendation of the faculty academic board of examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the course of study.


The Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine is a professional programme training Veterinary surgeons in the world. The curriculum has all the basic courses relevant for the profession and has incorporated the OIE guidelines on developing veterinary education (2009). Members of this profession interface with health and public health professionals, wildlife scientists, agricultural scientists, zoologists among others. They are competent in veterinary medicine and surgery, animal production, wildlife health management, animal health economics, public health issues associated with food safety, zoonoses, and molecular biotechnology.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine in line with the University mission is revising curricula to continue producing graduates with intellectual and practical skills appropriate for the needs of this country. The department provides a major link between the environmental and agricultural sciences on one hand, and human medicine and public health on the other. It is endowed with facilities and personnel capable of providing the necessary inputs and will liaise closely with other relevant Faculties for additional support.


The degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) has gained international prominence for a number of reasons.

  • First the era of globalization of international trade has increased the demand for entrepreneurial skills in handling food of animal origin so as to avert the spread of animal diseases and protect national livestock industries.
  • Secondly, the increased need for food safety assurance has necessitated high-level training of veterinary professionals in the handling of animals for slaughter and processing of animal products.
  • Thirdly, the increasing incidences of emerging and re-emerging diseases point to domestic and wild animals as the major source of zoonoses and demands that veterinary graduates must be well equipped with skills for faster and accurate diagnosis.

The justification for BVM undertaking of biosecurity as a front-runner lies in the fact that the world of animal resources is the natural hub and primary reservoir/hideout for most of the dangerous microbes rocking the planet, threatening global economies, health, security and livelihood systems.

  1. This makes veterinary institutions the primary candidates and front liners for taking lead in tendering the planet through promoting capacity building, research, detection, surveillance, prediction, prevention, control, management and governance of these enemies.
  2. The biosecurity agenda will be dealt with immediately as facilities have been developed including the Walter Reed National Avian Influenza lab, the JICA-MAAIF National Animal Diseases Diagnostic Lab, the Ruth Keesling Centre for Wildlife & Tourism Biosecurity, and USAID-HED Centre for Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses.

Admission requirements (Target group)

The degree programme targets holders of the Somaliland Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent, Diplomas in Animal health, Animal products safety, Fisheries and aquaculture, Biomedical (Biological / Medical) Laboratory Technology (ODST), Livestock Health, Livestock Development and Entrepreneurship or equivalents from recognized colleges or institutions.


Source of Funds

This programme has been drawn up to be self-sustaining. Fees payable by the students will be able to sustain the course.


All IGAD member state students will pay a tuition fee of USD dollars, three hundred only (USD 300) per semester,





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