Dr. Deborah Olunlade, a recently-graduated student in the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) of the University, has presented excerpts of her research project to the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library. The project was titled “Ethnoveterinary Plant Species and Practices of the Indigenous People of Ọdeda Local Government Area, Ogun State, Southwest, Nigeria”.
According to Dr. Olunlade, the study is unique because it was able to document and validate ethnoveterinary plant species and practices deployed in the treatment of different animal ailments in the Ọdeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, which falls within the jurisdiction of the University.
In carrying out the study, 26 villages within a 15-kilometre radius, covering the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest axis of FUNAAB were visited. Additionally, a total of 24 plant species belonging to 15 plant families were documented as being used in the management of about 25 ailments affecting animals. The implication of this is that the integration of ethnoveterinary medicine into orthodox medicine could promote the production of better, preventive, therapeutic, and improve the income of the rural populace among African states.
The project was supervised by Dr. Olubukola Adenubi of the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology of COLVET while the University Librarian, Dr. Fehintola Onifade received the donation and appreciated the student for the gesture.