History

The Department of Microbiology, Parasitology, and Biotechnology (DMPB) boasts a remarkable and illustrious history, firmly grounded in a steadfast dedication to advancing knowledge, fostering innovation, and safeguarding the well-being of animals. Our journey commenced in 1976 with the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Science under Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Initially, SUA had its origins as an Agricultural College of the University of Dar Es Salaam (UDSM), which was formed subsequent to the dissolution of the University of East Africa in 1970. Then, on the 1st of July 1984, SUA proudly burgeoned into a fully-fledged university situated in the Morogoro region of Tanzania.

From the outset, the department embarked on its mission of educating students pursuing a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) degree. However, in August 2004, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine took a momentous step forward by introducing the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences (BLS) programme. To cultivate highly skilled laboratory research scientists specializing in Biotechnology, our department initiated a comprehensive three-year BLS curriculum. This significant addition further augmented our standing as a pioneering department within the realm of veterinary sciences.

In the early years, our department emerged as a response to the growing recognition of the significant impact that microbial and parasitic diseases had on animal health, productivity, and public health. A team of visionary scientists and educators came together with a shared vision to establish a dedicated department that would focus on the study of veterinary microbiology, parasitology, and biotechnology.

The department’s early years were marked by pioneering research endeavors, where our esteemed department members explored the intricacies of pathogen-host interactions, identified novel pathogens, and developed innovative diagnostic techniques. These groundbreaking discoveries laid the foundation for our department’s reputation as a center of excellence in the field.

Over time, the department expanded its research areas to include biotechnology, recognizing the potential of this rapidly advancing field in revolutionizing veterinary medicine. Biotechnological approaches were embraced to develop improved vaccines, diagnostic tools, and therapeutic interventions. Our researchers played a pivotal role in harnessing the power of biotechnology to enhance animal health, improve animal production, and address emerging challenges in the field of infectious diseases.

As our department grew, so did our commitment to education and training. We established comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate programs that attracted students and aspiring researchers from around the globe. Our department members, renowned experts in their respective fields, mentored and guided students, imparting not only scientific knowledge but also a passion for inquiry, critical thinking, and ethical practices.

The department’s impact extended beyond the academic realm. We are actively engaged with the veterinary community, industry partners, and government agencies to address pressing challenges in animal health and welfare. Collaborative projects are initiated to tackle disease outbreaks, develop disease control strategies, and contribute to policy-making initiatives.

Throughout the years, our department has maintained a steadfast dedication to excellence, integrity, and scientific rigor. We have continued to adapt and evolve in response to the changing landscape of veterinary sciences, incorporating the latest technologies and research methodologies to stay at the forefront of innovation.

Today, the Department of Microbiology, Parasitology, and Biotechnology stands as a beacon of excellence, recognized globally for its contributions to veterinary medicine, animal health, and public health. Our department members, and students continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, making significant strides in understanding infectious diseases, developing novel interventions, and contributing to the well-being of animals and society.

As we look to the future, we remain committed to our mission of advancing veterinary sciences, protecting animal health, and addressing global challenges in microbial and parasitic diseases. With a legacy of excellence behind us, we eagerly embrace new opportunities and collaborations, confident that our department will continue to make a lasting impact on the field of microbiology, parasitology, and biotechnology for years to come.