AgriSETA Learner Connect: Meet a veterinary epidemiologist
North Africa’s loss was South Africa’s gain. And just as well because we have a critical shortage of veterinary epidemiologists, and the nation is looking at you to perhaps, one day, walk in the shoes of the likes of Dr Mohamed Sirdar.
Growing up in a small town in the embattled Sudan, Sirdar received a scholarship at the University of Pretoria while studying veterinary science at a university in his home country. The rest is history. Almost two decades of studying and doing research between Sudan and South Africa later, he has recently completed his PhD degree in veterinary epidemiology.
Today, he works as a senior veterinary researcher at the Agricultural Research Council at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute. He is happy to call Mzansi his second home, and we’re grateful that he’s brave enough to choose a career for which we have a critical shortage of skills in the country.
Stepping into his role takes patience, perseverance and hard work. Veterinary epidemiologists are specialised veterinarians who focus on disease outbreaks in animal populations. Sirdar’s day-to-day work involves coordinating and offering training programmes on animal health issues for smallholder farmers across the country. He is also conducting disease surveillance activities.
If you are interested in this career or field of study follow the links below to learn how get involved. Through our AgriSETA Learner Connect campaign we will feature many more careers to choose from in the agricultural sector, right here on Food for Mzansi, as well as 19 radio stations all over the country.
Now over to Dr Mohamed Sirdar, senior veterinary researcher at the Agricultural Research Council’s Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute. He will tell you how to possibly land this job through very, very hard work…