Volunteer Stories

Dr. Mushtaq Memon

Dr. Memon improved livestock veterinary practices.
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  • Country: Lebanon

mushtaqDr. Mushtaq Memon
Associate Professor, Global Animal Health Pathway Coordinator
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
Location: Washington, U.S.
Career Summary: A volunteer for ACDI/VOCA since 2001, Mushtaq has 30 plus years of experience in veterinary medicine and education, specializing in livestock reproductive health, disease diagnosis, treatment and disease control/ prevention. He teaches at Washington State University where he was instrumental in starting the International Veterinary Education program. His 25 years of veterinary teaching experience and experience designing university curriculum and courses around the world proved particularly beneficial.
Area(s) of Expertise: Veterinary medicine and education, livestock reproductive health, disease diagnosis, treatment and disease control/prevention
Language(s) Spoken: English

ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW
Name of project: ACDI/VOCA Lebanon
Implementing Partner: ACDI/VOCA
Volunteer Assignment and Impact: Incomplete knowledge about diseases and vaccination, discontinuous availability of vaccines, and lack of effective diagnostic veterinary laboratories or affordable veterinary services have contributed to deteriorating animal health and high mortality rates in Lebanon. During Mushtaq’s first assignment with a dairy cooperative, he demonstrated the value of keeping individual records for each cow to manage disease and revenue.

In 2012, Mushtaq received VEGA’s ‘Diaspora Volunteer of the Year’ Award for his exemplary service.

Importation of animals and animal products without appropriate disease surveillance increases the risk of animal to human disease transmission. In the course of his second stop working with a private veterinary services company, Dr. Memon proposed establishing a frozen semen facility and heifer replacement business (both are imported from Europe). One year later, he returned to follow up. Guided by his recommendations, the private company, Lebanon University (LU) and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization are working to create the facility.

Mushtaq wanted to address one more need: the shortage of veterinarians to implement regular vaccinations. He returned in 2012 to guide expansion of LU’s small veterinary curriculum, including recommendations to allow students greater practical experience. A Fulbright Fellowship recipient, Mushtaq also initiated discussions between the U.S. Embassy and LU to facilitate an agreement, and approached an education and scholarship organization about opportunities for students and instructors to apply for veterinary education masters degrees at U.S. universities.

Over the last three years, he has helped Lebanon make incredible strides towards improved veterinary services, including preparing the next generation of veterinarians.