Country -- Vietnam
Position--Health Risk Assessment / Health Impact Specialist
International Partner--Centre for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)
Start date-- March 15, 2018
Talia is a graduate of the University of Guelph, having completed her Master's of Science in Epidemiology in Fall 2017. Her research interests include zoonotic and foodborne diseases and global health. Talia's Master's research looked at Salmonella prevalence on Canadian dairy farms and is currently undergoing edits for publishing.
Talia will be working with CENPHER staff to provide support, take part in study design, and conduct data analysis on health risk assessment projects.
Country -- Ghana
Position-- Animal Nutrition Training Specialist
International Partner--SEND Ghana
Start date—May 1, 2018
Samantha is currently working in Tamale (northern Ghana) with SEND Ghana as a Animal Nutrition Training Specialist. Enjoying her time, Sam is working with local farmers in rural communites to lead educational outreach sessions on vital topics such as feed management, animal nutrition, and animal comfort. Through each field trip she says she gains something as an individual, not only in terms of animal nutrition practice, but personally as well. Her goal is to help families become more successful by diversifying animal and crop production, thereby increasing household profits and capacity.
Country -- Uganda
International Partner-- SNV
Start date-- July 1, 2018
Hamda is a graduate of York University, having completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Development. She has also obtained her certification in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Toronto. She has recently worked in Galmadug, Somalia as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer with the Ministry of Health, which focused on building relationships with International donors in the field of health and encouraging the participation of women in health related developmental processes.
Hamda is very passionate about Gender Equality and Rural Development. Hamda's purpose in Uganda will be to improve on the livelihoods of dairy farmers within The Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project region by improving the position of women in dairy co-operatives and the dairy value chain.
Countries -- Kenya
Positions-- Farm Management Advisor
International Partners--MERU Dairy
Placement Dates— June 2018
Maggie is a PhD student at the University of Guelph in the Population Medicine Department. Maggie's research focuses on using therapeutic levels of the amino acid tryptophan to decrease behaviour issues in growing pigs. Maggie was raised on her family's dairy farm in Eastern Ontario and has loved all things dairy cows from a very early age. Maggie has just returned from a placement in Meru, Kenya, where she worked as a Farm Management Advisor. During her placement, Maggie visited several small scale dairy farmers and their farms,and helped conduct seminars on increasing milk production, improving cow and calf nutrition and improving cow and calf welfare. During her placement, Maggie was able to explore different national parks and see many of the incredible animals and scenes that Kenya has to offer!
Countries -- Uganda, Kenya
Positions-- Animal Health Worker, Dairy Specialist, Field Veterinarian
International Partners--Foundation for AIDS-Orphaned Children, Meru and Wakalima Dairy Co-operatives, SNV
Placement Dates— May, 2009, February 2017, August, 2017
Dr. Laura-Anne Kutryk is a veteran of three VWB/VSF-related volunteer placements. The first, in 2009 when she was a student, was through the Global Vets Program working with the Goat Pass-On Project in Uganda. She did a three week placement in Kenya in February, 2017 where she worked with dairy co-op members to improve the health of their cattle. Her most recent placement saw her return to Uganda for a 4 month assignment designed to improve herd health and management for dairy farmers. She spent part of that time living and working on a dairy farm that is used to demonstrate best practices to other farmers.
Laura is a graduate of the Western Canada College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, and has completed an advanced program for Dairy Veterinarians at Cornell University. She has practiced in Stettler, Cold Lake, and Bonnyville, Alberta.