PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A shopkeeper stands by his store in the Bagram Airfield bazaar Dec. 11. The bazaar brings in more than $30,000 into the local economy on a (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A member of the AUP performs a search during an AUP-led operation with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment in Jaji District Dec. 16. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local children watch members of Kapisa PRT pass as they leave the Abdul Salam High School in Ghayn Valley Dec. 15. (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Sher Badir, Manogai District subgovernor, speaks during the election ceremony for the Manogai District Community Council Dec. 9. (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Key elders listen intently while the U.S. and Polish ambassadors, Musa Khan, Ghazni provincial governor, and Amina Safi Afzaly, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, speak (click for more)
U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, veternarian from New Liberty, Iowa, supervises as an Afghan veterinarian puts final sutures into a neutered dog at a continuing education conference organized by the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Actor and comedian Robin Williams talks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, shakes a little girl's hand during the playground dedication at Ghazni City Orphanage in Ghazni Dec. 15. (click for more)
KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A group of U.S. Army veterinarians visited the Afghan Central Veterinary Research and Development Lab in Kabul City, here Dec. 28 in order to better understand its capabilities.
The visit included U.S. Army representatives from the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II, the Iowa Agribusiness Development Team, the 62nd Cooperative Medical Assistance Brigade and the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion.
The knowledge gained from the visit will help the veterinarians design their workshops, where they train and work with Afghan vets on the provincial and district level. The Kentucky ADT-II works with vets from Panjshir, Parwan and Kapisa provinces, where the Iowa ADT and 411th work with vets in Kunar and Kandahar.
The tour was guided by Dr. Gulam Mohammad Ziay, the director of Animal Health and Welfare at CV RDL, and Dr. Daad Mohammad Amir, the Chief Executive Technical Director for the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan, VetServ. Dr. Mohibullah Halimi, the Director General of Animal Health and Production from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture Irrigations and Livestock, also attended.
“Local vets are key players in responding to animal disease, a constant threat to Afghanistan, which is largely an agricultural country,” said U.S. Army Col. James Floyd, a Shreveport, La., native and a veterinarian with the Kentucky ADT-II. “Most Afghan families outside of urban areas keep livestock, and in order to prevent disease in these animals, vets in those locations must reliably be able to diagnose their causes.”
The CV RDL, which opened in 2009, is the main laboratory controlling 13 provincial labs and six regional labs in Afghanistan. The labs are used to diagnose and document diseases in livestock and report the findings to the MAIL. Fast, proper detection and documentation of these issues helps to ensure the livelihood and health of the Afghan people.
“This is about the future of Afghanistan,” said Ziay. “The country of Afghanistan needs to establish a standardized system designed to properly track and take samples from livestock, then test and diagnose diseases, reporting the finding to the government and we have done that; all that is left is implementation.”
The CV RDL confirms the diagnosis made in the field by Afghan vets in the smaller provincial and regional labs as well as conducting training and drafting standardized regulations for those facilities. The facility has departments specializing in histopathology, toxicology, biochemistry, drug analysis, public health and a school to train laboratory technicians. The public health department deals with monitoring and testing products for import and export making sure they’re safe for human consumption or use.
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