The Federal University of Technology, Owerri, was one of the first three Universities of Technology established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the 1981/82 academic sessions. The establishment of the University was in direct response to the national need to raise skilled, innovative and technology-oriented manpower resources for the development of a technology-based economy in Nigeria.
The Animal Production Programme was one of the programmes of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) of the University. The School (SAAT) was one of the four Schools established then. The Programme started with an initial student enrolment of nine (9) and staff strength of two (2) in 1982. It existed as a programme from 1982 to 1987/88 academic year when it acquired the status of a full-fledged Department and renamed Department of Animal Production. In the 1987/88 session, the first set of students graduated. The degree awarded by the Department up to 1996/97 session was the Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (B. Agric. Tech., Animal Production). In 1998 the Department was renamed Department of Animal Science and Technology and currently awards the B. Agric. Tech. (Animal Science and Technology), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in different disciplines/specialization in Animal Science and Technology. To date, the Department has graduated well over 3,500 students.
Dr M.U. Iloeje started the programme and became its first coordinator in 1982. He served in this position until 1988 when he assumed the Deanship of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology. Then Dr N. Eshett (now late) succeeded him as Programme Coordinator. When the Programme assumed a Department status, Dr N. Eshett became the Acting Head (Ag. HOD) of Department.
Dr A.B.I. Udedibie took over as Ag. HOD in 1989 and held the position until November 1998 when Dr U. Herbert took over as the Ag. HOD. Dr N.J. Okeudo became the Ag. HOD in 2001 until 2003 when he handed over to Dr G.A.Anyanwu. Dr B.O. Esonu took over from Dr Anyanwu in 2005 and handed over to Dr U.E. Ogundu in 2006. Dr M.C. Uchegbu took over from her in 2010 and handed over to Dr O. O. Emenalom in 2012. Dr E.B. Etuk took over from him in 2015 and handed over to Professor C. T. Ezeokeke 2017. The current HOD, Dr Mrs H. O. Obikaonu came into office on July 1 2019. Currently, the Department has a complement of over 35 fulltime academic staff, 5 Registry staff, 4 laboratory staff and 27 technical farm staff.