Professor Victor Olusegun TAIWO was born more than five decades ago at Alekuso (C2) Area, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He attended St. Luke’s (now St. Matthew’s I) Primary School, Ojowo and All Saints Primary School, Atikori, both at Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State between 1960 and 1965. He had his secondary education at the famous Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo between 1966 and 1970, after which he proceeded to the then Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (I.A.R. & T), University of Ife, Moor Plantation, Ibadan for a Diploma programme in Animal Health and Production, between 1971 and 1973. After working as Livestock Assistant/Higher Livestock Assistant in the then Remo Division of Western State, later Ogun State, Nigeria between October 1973 and August 1977, he gained concessional admission into the University of Ibadan to study Veterinary Medicine (his dream profession) after two previous unsuccessful attempts. He obtained the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), with distinctions in Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine in 1983.
During his DVM programme, he bagged several scholarship/academic awards and prizes, such as Federal Government of Nigeria Merit Award (1979-1983), Departmental Prizes for Veterinary Pathology (1981), Veterinary Microbiology & Parasitology (1982), and Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine (1983), and all the Faculty and University prizes for the best student in his graduating class, including NUPEMECO Prize for the best all-round student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1983), University of Ibadan Senate Prize for the best final year student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1983) and COOMASSIE Prize (endowed by Mallam Ahmadu Coomassie, O.B.E.) for the student with the highest marks in the DVM final degree examination (1983)
He was awarded Research Fellowship Awards by the International Laboratory for Research in Animal Diseases (ILRAD, now ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya to carry out the research work for his M.Vet.Sci. degree (1986-1987), and doctoral research (1988-1992) leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree of the University of Ibadan in 1993. He was employed as Lecturer II in the Department of Veterinary Pathology in September 1992, and rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 1999. He has taught Veterinary Pathology to undergraduate and postgraduate students and has supervised and examined many Master’s and Doctoral students at the University of Ibadan. He was awarded the Membership of the Nigeria College of Veterinary Surgeons (MCVSN) in 2004, and Fellowship (FCVSN) in 2013. He is a Consultant Pathologist to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Dr. Taiwo has served the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Ibadan, Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and other bodies in various administrative capacities.
Some of these include:
(i) Sub-Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan (August 1994 – July 1996).
(ii) Member of Senate, University of Ibadan (July 1995 - June 1999)
(iii) Assistant Warden, Tedder Hall, University of Ibadan (April 1998 - May 2000).
(iv) Sub-Dean (Postgraduate), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan (August 1998 – July 2003).
(v) Member, Administrative Committee of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Ibadan (August 1998 – July 2003).
(vi) Member, Finance Committee of the Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan (August 2000 – July 2005)
(vii) Member, Committee on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), University of Ibadan (August 2001 – August 2003).
(viii) Sub-Dean, Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan (August 2003 – July 2005).
(ix) Congregation Representative and Chairman of Panel “H” on the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, University of Ibadan, Ibadan (October, 2008 to date).
(x) Professor and Member of Senate, University of Ibadan (October 1, 2006).
(xi) Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan (August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2013)
(xii) Head, Department of Veterinary Pathology, August 1, 2013 to date
(xii) Chairman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Appointments and Promotion Panel (Parts I & II), August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2013
(xiii) Member, Central Appointments and Promotion Committee, University of Ibadan (2006 to date)
(xiv) Member, Research Management Sub-Committee of the Development Committee, University of Ibadan (2006 to date)
(xv) Member, Finance Committee of the Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan (2006 to date)
(xvi) Member, Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) (August 1, 2009 to date)
(xvii) Member, Committee of Deans of Veterinary Schools in Nigeria (August 1, 2006 to to date)
(xviii) Chairman, VCN Examinations and Registration Committee, October, 2011 to date
(xix) Member, National Livestock Development Committee (NLDC) (2006 to date)
(xx) Member, Animal Welfare Initiative, Nigeria (May 2009 to date)
Professor Taiwo is happily married and has five boys (Segun, Jr., Bunmi, Ayo, Sola and Gbenga) and two girls (Modupe and Mayowa) and a grandson, Damilare..