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KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Dr. Gulam Mohammad Ziay, director of the Central Veterinary Research and Diagnostics Lab in Kabul City, explains the operation of the glassware and sanitation office to a group of U.S. Army veterinarians during a tour Dec. 28. The tour gave the vets a better understanding of the lab’s capabilities which they will pass on to the Afghan veterinarians they work with, in their respective provinces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)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.KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, a New Liberty, Iowa, resident and a veterinarian with the Iowa Agribusiness Development Team examines an anthrax slide through a microscope in the Central Veterinary Research and Diagnostics Lab in Kabul City here during a tour Dec. 28. The tour gave a group of U.S. Army vets a better understanding of the lab’s capabilities which they will pass on to the Afghan veterinarians they work with, in their respective provinces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Dr. Daad Mohammad Amir, the Chief Executive Technical Director with the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan, VetServ, explains the disease reporting process in Afghanistan to a group of U.S. Army veterinarians during a tour of the Central Veterinary Research and Diagnostics Lab in Kabul City here Dec. 28. The tour gave the veterinarians a better understanding of the lab’s capabilities which they will pass on to the Afghan veterinarians they work with, in their respective provinces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A laboratory technician with the Central Veterinary Research and Diagnostics Lab in Kabul City here sets an anthrax slide in oil during a tour held for a group of U.S. Army Veterinarians Dec. 28. The tour gave the veterinarians a better understanding of the lab’s capabilities which they will pass on to the Afghan veterinarians they work with, in their respective provinces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, a New Liberty, Iowa, resident and a veterinarian with the Iowa Agribusiness Development Team, reads a poster on the effects of ticks of cattle at the Central Veterinary Research and Diagnostics Lab in Kabul City here during a tour Dec. 28. The tour gave a group of U.S. Army vets a better understanding of the lab’s capabilities which they will pass on to the Afghan veterinarians they work with, in their respective provinces. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. James Wilton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

 

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