Acting Head of Department’s Profile

Dr Kabir Ayobami RAHEEM DVM MVSc (Ib) PhD (Lond)

Dr Kabir Ayobami Raheem, an indigene of Ibadan was born in Ibadan. He attended Islamic Primary School, Odoye Adeoyo Road Ibadan and went to Oba Akinyele Memorial High School Bashorun, Ibadan for his secondary education between 1983 to 1989. Briefly after secondary education, he worked for Nigeria Breweries Plc, Alakia Ibadan as a Laboratory Analyst before proceeding to University of Ibadan to study Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and graduated with the DVM degree in 1997. He did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the State Veterinary Clinics Uwani Enugu under the Department of Veterinary Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Enugu State between 1997 to 1998. He was given a commendation letter for a seminar organized over a booklet he published on Poultry Meat Production as a community development project by the NYSC. Then after, Dr Raheem went into private Veterinary practice in Enugu and his Clinic was almost becoming synonymous with small animal veterinary practice in Enugu metropolis when he left in 2006. He was spurred to go for Postgraduate degree in Theriogenology due to many cases of Theriogenology inclination he encountered during his private practice and was awarded Master of Veterinary Science by his alma matter University of Ibadan in November, 2008. A month after, he joined College of Veterinary Medicine. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to start the Theriogenology Unit of the then Department of Veterinary Surgery and Reproduction precisely in December 12, 2008 as Lecturer II.

In 2010, Dr Raheem was awarded a scholarship by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for a PhD programme at the prestigious Veterinary College, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, United Kingdom under the agency’s Academic Training and Development Scheme. He completed his PhD programme in December 2013. He was promoted to Lecturer I in 2013 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2015.

Dr Raheem’s research areas are into investigation of macromolecules/cytokine at the foetal-maternal interface and application of reproductive biotechnologies to improve reproduction in food/farm and companion animal in Nigeria. Presently, he is working on potential of some fruits/plants and pituitary extracts (from piscine/non-piscine) for oestrus synchronization in West African dwarf goat.

He belongs to many professional associations such as Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Society for Study of Reproduction and British Cell Society. He has received many scientific awards among which is Innovator of Tomorrow based on his MVSc Thesis at the University of Ibadan under The World Bank Step B scheme. He has over forty publications that include an edited book entitled ‘Introductory Theriogenology’, A Tutorial for Undergraduate’, which happened to be the first of its kind in this field (Theriogenology) by a Nigerian author.