SafariMICR 379/723/793 is a 4 week, study abroad course that takes place in Uganda. The course is offered by our department in collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. This page contains information about the course, including important deadlines and useful links. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Margaret Khaitsa

Important information


We live in an increasingly global world that is becoming more economically, socially, politically, culturally and scientifically integrated. In the advent of globalization, we are faced with new challenges including spread of animal and human pandemics.

One way to confront these threats is to adjust curricula in a way that will promote globalization of research and career opportunities. In line with this, the Department of Veterinary & Microbiological Sciences at North Dakota State University, in conjunction with the Department of Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, have developed this course designed to facilitate diversity in student training and exposure.

The course will contribute to producing a broadly inclusive, open minded, world class, and globally engaged science work force. Studying international animal production, food safety and public health systems will provide a foundation for tomorrow’s global citizens. This program also provides shared opportunities through collaborative research and/or fieldwork in Uganda and the United States in areas of mutual interest.

EquadorAbout Uganda

Uganda is located in east-central Africa, across the equator and is situated north and northwest of Lake Victoria. It is a landlocked country bordered by Sudan on the North, Kenya on the east, Tanzania on the South, Rwanda on the southwest and Democratic Republic of Congo on the northwest.

The greater part of the country consists of a plateau about 4,000 ft in height. Along the western border of the Ruwenzori Mountains reaching heights of over 16,000 ft, while on the eastern frontier Mount Elgon rises to 14,178 ft. By contrast, the Western Rift Valley, which runs from north to south through the western half of the country, is as low as 3,000 ft on the floor of Lake Edward and Lake George and 2,000 ft on the flow of Lake Albert. The White Nile River has its source in Lake Victoria.

Study at Makerere University, one of the most prestigious universities in Africa. Makerere University, established in 1922, is Uganda’s premier institution of higher learning. With a student population of over 30,000, it ranks as one of the largest in East and Central Africa. It is located on Makerere Hill, one of the many hills on which Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, is built. The main campus is about 5km to the north of the city center, covering an area of 300 acres (two square kilometers).

Our colleagues at Makerere University

The faculty of Veterinary Medicine was established at Makerere University in 1971 with the aim of producing quality veterinary graduates to serve in state sponsored veterinary departments. Since then about 1000 veterinarians have graduated from the faculty. Many graduates of this faculty have been instrumental in national and international research and development. With globalization, alterations in macro-economic policy and the cross-cutting nature of veterinary science, the faculty’s vision and mission have evolved and transformed. The faculty has expanded, growing from a mono-degree institution, offering the state sponsored classical Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree, to a multi-degree and multifunction institution offering diverse degree courses in veterinary and allied sciences. Presently, the faculty offers 5 undergraduate degrees and at least 11 postgraduate programs.

Further afield, the faculty has links with leading veterinary schools in Europe and North America. These institutions have played a leading role in training our staff at postgraduate level, they have hosted our scientists on short term research visits and facilitated establishment of joint research collaboration.