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Kiyoshi Okuda, D.V.M., Dr.med.vet. ,Ph.D.
President of Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine was originally founded in 1941 as Obihiro Higher Technical School of Veterinary Medicine. It later became Obihiro College of Veterinary Medicine and then Obihiro Agricultural College before attaining its current status as Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. With our campus located at the heart of the vast Tokachi Plain, we offer educational and research programs based on practical learning in agriculture, animal husbandry, and veterinary medicine. We have agreed to merge with Otaru University of Commerce and Kitami Institute of Technology in April 2022 based on a system that allows a single corporation to operate multiple national universities and thus streamline management. The merger is intended to further enhance our educational and research functions and contribute to the development and resolution of challenges facing the economy and industry of Hokkaido and to the prosperity of the international community.
Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine was originally founded in 1941 as Obihiro Higher Technical School of Veterinary Medicine. It later became Obihiro College of Veterinary Medicine and then Obihiro Agricultural College before attaining its current status as Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. With our campus located at the heart of the vast Tokachi Plain, we offer educational and research programs based on practical learning in agriculture, animal husbandry, and veterinary medicine. We have agreed to merge with Otaru University of Commerce and Kitami Institute of Technology in April 2022 based on a system that allows a single corporation to operate multiple national universities and thus streamline management. The merger is intended to further enhance our educational and research functions and contribute to the development and resolution of challenges facing the economy and industry of Hokkaido and to the prosperity of the international community.
We seek to foster globally minded agricultural experts who can meet the needs of society in collaboration with various organizations, including local research and development institutes; businesses related to agriculture, food, and animals; international organizations responsible for animal health and food safety; and organizations engaged in international cooperation for developing countries. To this end, we are working to achieve the following four visions.

  1. Develop a curriculum that is equal to the educational level of Europe and America.
    The School of Cooperative Veterinary Medicine provides advanced world-class veterinary education to develop globally competent veterinarians.
  2. Pursue global collaborative research and educational exchanges with top universities around the world
    The university offers lectures and summer programs featuring faculty members of Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both in the United States, based on the academic exchange agreements concluded with these universities. It also dispatches graduate students to world-leading universities to promote participation in global collaborative research. The university also works to boost its international research collaboration based on its world-class research track record in agriculture, animal husbandry, and veterinary medicine in order to help enhance research standards and develop related fields.
  3. Develop human resources through practical training that conforms to international standards for safety and hygiene
    To develop human resources who can work to acquire and maintain international standards for safety and hygiene, the Graduate Degree Program of Animal and Food Hygiene for students on the Doctoral Program of Animal Science and Agriculture provides an educational program in food safety management using facilities that conform to such international standards and develops qualified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) experts.

  4. Conduct collaborative research and human resource development suited to the needs of society and business
    The Graduate School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Agriculture works on a growing number of research topics based on collaborative research with businesses to develop human resources that best suit the needs of business and other sectors of society.