Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Barat agreed to build cooperation by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several parties. One of them was Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association ‘Perhimpunan Dokter Hewan Indonesia’ (PDHI) last Thursday (21/10). The signing of MoU presented the Chair and Secretary of PGHI West Sumatera, Vice-Rector III UM Sumatera Barat, and Bukittinggi Agency for Animal Agriculture. Payokumbuah Agency for Animal Agriculture, the Dean and Vice-Dean, the employees, and the students also attended on this occasion.
This MoU was signed by the Rector of UM Sumatera Barat, Dr Riki Saputra MA, and the General Chairman of PB PDHI, Dr drh Muhammad Munawaaroh MM. The cooperation between the two parties is a mutual commitment to establishing the Veterinary Medicine Faculty in the fourth campus of UM Sumatera Barat in Payakumbuah regency.
In his remarks, Dr Riki Saputra expressed his gratitude to PDHI for the encouragement, support, and motivation to establish the Veterinary Medicine Faculty. “I hope what we have been fighting for may go well and always get ease from Allah SWT,” he said.
Afterwards, Dr drh Muhammad Munawaaroh, in his speech, appreciated UM Sumatera Barat’s idea to establish the Veterinary Medicine Faculty. Moreover, he also said that Indonesia still needs at least 70.000 veterinarians because currently, there are roughly 15.000 veterinarians. Therefore, Indonesia has eleven universities that have the Veterinary Medicine Faculty. Meanwhile, only six universities have graduated veterinarians.
“It means that the campus should look far ahead and consider what happens in the future,” he explained. Then, as reported in the official UM Sumatera Barat site, he added that veterinarians have an important role in human life. In the future, PDHI would always encourage the universities which establish the Veterinary Medicine Faculty.
After the signing of the MoU, the event continued with the public lecture from Dr dr Muhammad Munawaroh MM. It discussed the role of veterinarians to support Indonesia’s self-sufficiency for animal agriculture.  UM Sumbar / Diktilitbang