LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (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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