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Ibadan (formed from Eba-Odan, which literally means "between the forest and plains") is the capital of Oyo State and Nigeria's largest city and the largest city in West Africa. It is located in south-western Nigeria, 78 miles inland from Lagos, on coordinates 70N 230E. Ibadan metropolis covers an area of 250 km² (96.5 sq mi) and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas to the north. Its population is estimated to be about 3,800,000 according to 2007 estimates. Ibadan had been the centre of administration of the old Western Region, Nigeria since the days of the British colonial rule, and parts of the city's ancient protective walls still stand till today. The principal inhabitants of the city are the Yoruba.

The city is home to a lot of academic infrastructures. The first university to be set up in Nigeria was the University of Ibadan (established as a college of the University of London when it was founded in 1948, and was later converted into an autonomous university in 1962). It has the distinction of being one of the premier educational institutions in Africa. Other noteworthy institutions in the city include the University College Hospital; the first teaching hospital in Nigeria, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria and the internationally acclaimed International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Ibadan and its environs before the dissolution of the Western Region, Nigeria was the home of the most sophisticated and liberal scientific and cultural community on the continent of Africa.

Ibadan can boast of several monuments and landmarks. There is a museum in the building of the Institute of African Studies, which exhibits several remarkable pre-historic bronze carvings and statues. The Bower Memorial Tower to the east on Oke Aàre (Aare's Hill) ("Aare" in Yoruba means commander-in-chief or generalissimo), which can be seen from practically any point in the city. Another prominent landmark, Cocoa House, was the first skyscraper in Africa. Other attractions include Mapo Hall - the colonial style city hall - perched on top of a hill, "Oke Mapo," Mapo Hill ("oke" is hill in Yoruba), the Trans-Wonderland amusement park, the cultural centre Mokola and Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, the first stadium in Africa. Ibadan is also home to the legendary Shooting Stars FC - a professional Football Club.

Ibadan has an airport and is served by the Ibadan Railway Station on the main railway line from Lagos to Kano. It also has several primary and secondary road networks. With its strategic location on the railway line, the city is a major center for trade in cassava, cocoa, cotton, timber, rubber, and palm oil. The main industries in the area are tire rethreading, and the processing of agricultural products; including flour-milling, leather-working and furniture-making. There is abundance of clay, kaolin and aquamarine in its environs, and there are several cattle ranches, dairy farms as well as a commercial abattoir in Ibadan.

There are beautiful parks and gardens in Ibadan. Nestled inside IITA is the best golf course in Nigeria, and the grounds of the Ibadan Polo Club is not far away from the city center. The city has a zoological garden as well as a botanical garden located inside the University of Ibadan. Also,there is another botanical garden located at Agodi.

The Western Region Government of Nigeria was faced with the problem of staff training. It was discovered that the competence of those trained for the Region at VOM, Jos had proved inadequate for poultry diseases diagnosis and control, which had become very important in the Region. All efforts to get the authorities of the VOM school to upgrade their course to a three-year Diploma course in Animal Health and Husbandry failed. Also, the three (3) places on Veterinary course reserved for the Western Region at University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1963 could not be increased because of pressures from the Eastern Region for places on the Veterinary course in the university. It then became imperative for the Western Region Government to establish her own Veterinary or Animal Health School.

It was proposed that the school should be located at Sango, Ibadan so that it could utilize the facilities already existing at Mokola Veterinary center; the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University of Ibadan as well as the cattle control post and abattoir at Bodija. But the then Permanent Secretary and Controller of Agric Services felt that the school should be located at Moor Plantation, Ibadan. This viewpoint was justified by the availability of the expansive land mass already acquired by the Region which would give room for grazing and pastures and development/expansion in future.

The School of Animal Health and Husbandry (as it was then referred to) was founded on the 1st of April, 1964 (by the defunct Western Region and USAID) to meet the need to train Livestock Assistants (certificate) in order to cope with the ever increasing demand for assistance in the practice of Veterinary profession.

In 1985, the Federal Government promulgated a decree No. 16 which empowered the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to moderate and accredit the programme of the Colleges of Agriculture and Related Disciplines with the aim of producing Technicians and Technologists at the National and Higher National Diploma levels to be self sufficient, meet the need of farmers, agro-allied industries, pharmaceutical and government agencies.

The National Science and Technical amendment Decree No. 46 of 30th December, 1990 finally gave legal backing to the Research Institutes to conduct training for the Technicians and Technologists for the award of National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificates.

In January 1991, after series of meeting with the National Board for Technical Education Kaduna, a decision was conveyed to the School by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology that the School should start to bear Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan. The College is strategically located at kilometer 3, Abeokuta Road, Apata in Ibadan South West Local Government of Oyo state, Nigeria.