University of Pretoria, South Africa
Serge Niangoran Bakou
Inter State School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine of Dakar, Senegal
Martin Cake (chair)
Murdoch University, Australia
Massey University, New Zealand
Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, Bangladesh
Pan Dong Ryu
Seoul National University, South Korea
University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany
University of Sarajevo
Rafael Gianella Mondadori
Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
Middle East/North Africa
Ehab Abu-Basha (chair-elect)
Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan
Benha University, Egypt
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Indies
Lincoln Memorial University, USA
* Ross University, St. George’s University, and St. Matthews University included in US/Canada Region
Council Member Biographies:
Professor Ehab Abu-Basha completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1994. After two year of teaching assistant at JUST, Dr. Abu-Basha obtained scholarship from JUST to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. Dr. Abu-Basha obtained his Master degree (1999) and PhD (2002) in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University/USA with Academic outstanding achievement and Graduate Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Abu-Basha joined Jordan University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology in 2002, promoted to Associate professor in 2007 and full professor in 2012. He was appointed as Head Department (2004-2008), Vice dean (2009-2013) and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Secretary General of the Arab Association of Veterinary Medical Faculties (2013-2016). He was elected on June, 2106 as Vice President of the Mediterranean Network of Establishments for Veterinary Education (REEV-Med in French).
He currently a project leader at JUST for the Educational twining program with the Royal Veterinary College with the Parent Establishment (RVC). As project leaders, we are responsible for the implementation and use of financial resources supporting the project that is funded by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). He is heavily involved with many international organizations including Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation, USAID, Animal World Health Organization (OIE) and we succeeded to Fund several projects to the Faculty of veterinary Medicine/JUST and Ministry of Agriculture/Jordan.
Dr. Abu-Basha research interest focuses on regulation of insulin and glucagon secretions and their correlation with diabetes mellitus, Pharmacokinetics, bioavailability, bioequivalence, toxicological studies, antimicrobials and aflatoxins residues in milk and meat, and antimicrobials Resistance.
Dr. Artemiou is an Associate Professor of Clinical Communication, and the Director of Research and Innovation in Veterinary Medical Education at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM). Dr. Artemiou has focused her PhD and career on clinical communication, simulation-based teaching and learning, and outcome assessments. Dr. Artemiou emphasizes active teaching and incorporates blended learning and experiential practice in the classroom. Dr. Artemiou has also developed and implemented outcome assessments to evaluate students’ communication competence and established the role of simulated clients as raters.
Dr. Artemiou is passionate about exploring the advances of emerging technologies including the use of Apple technology, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence within veterinary and medical education. Dr. Artemiou successfully led the Apple Distinguished School initiative awarding RUSVM the Apple Distinguished School designation for 2019-2022.
Dr. Artemiou’s interests further encompass a variety of areas relevant to veterinary medical education and wellness including workplace learning and assessment, leadership development, diversity programs, human-animal interactions and improving quality of life for both animals and humans, the principles of relational coordination in academia and practice, and the One Health approach. Dr. Artemiou is an active member of the RUSVM Disaster Research Working Group.
Through her many roles at RUSVM, Dr. Artemiou encourages a culture of personal wellness and is a long-time practitioner of mindful meditation and reflective daily practice. Dr. Artemiou is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher in training through UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness with great interest surrounding the effects of mindfulness medication on physiological and psychological wellbeing.
Sarah graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Bristol and worked in clinical practice for 20 years. She retrained following an injury and gained a PhD in computer science. Her research involved developing and validating simulators that use virtual reality haptic (touch feedback) technology.
Sarah recently led a major curriculum review at Bristol Veterinary School. This involved adopting an outcomes-based approach with improved relevance and integration, a greater emphasis on student-centered learning and modernization of assessment and introducing a comprehensive program of quality assurance. Sarah is passionate about clinical skills teaching and was responsible for opening the clinical skills center at Bristol and integrating associated teaching and assessment throughout the curriculum. She has designed many models (low- and high-fidelity) and supporting learning resources and works with veterinarians in low- and middle-income countries to introduce new approaches in clinical skills teaching.
Over the last 15 years Sarah has developed a portfolio of research in areas of education as diverse as computer simulation, clinical skills, work-based learning, business skills, reflection and insight, transition to employment, evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM), case-based learning, flipped classroom and mental wellbeing.
Sarah is now an Emeritus Professor with the University of Bristol and is fortunate to be able to dedicate more time to veterinary education research and collaborations around the world. She is also involved in accreditation, curriculum review, educational quality assurance and faculty development.
Her work has been recognized through being awarded the Times Higher Education’s Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, she is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She enjoys doing public engagement activities including demonstrations at the Science Museum, London and being involved in the BBC Christmas Lectures.
Bakou, Serge Niangoran
Dr Serge Niangoran BAKOU graduated from the National Veterinary School of Nantes in France in 1992.
After working for a few years as a veterinary consultant in the field of poultry farming at TECHNA / France, he earned the title of Doctor of University (PhD) in 1996 at the University of Rennes 1 in France. He started his academic career at the University of NANGUI ABROGOUA former Unversity of ABOBO-ADJAME in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) two years before joining the Inter-State School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine (EISMV) of Dakar from 1999 to 2018, were he successively held the position of assistant-professor, lecturer then Full Professor of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology. During this period he contributed to advancing veterinary training at the Dakar School not only in the form of courses but also handouts, CD-Roms and the setting up of distance education (e-learning) by adoption of the most modern teaching methods.
From 2007 to 2013, he was the head of the technical committee responsible for the reorganization of the veterinary curriculum as part of the LMD reform and veterinary education in the world reform under the auspices of the OIE. He was also involved in veterinary professional training, and was the editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Animal Health and Productions (RASPA), the scientific journal of EISMV and contributed to the realization of many training in different regions of Africa.
In 2018, Serge was the first person in charge of the internal quality unit of the EISMV of Dakar.
From 2011 to 2015, he assumed different administrative responsibilities such as deputy director, repeatedly assuming the functions of acting director of the school of Dakar.
His international activities are many and varied, including as a contributor of the creation of several African research consortia since 2009 (Afrique One) or as an expert.
Apart from veterinary education his research interests are in muscle biology and pathology.
Finally, he participated actively in the initiative of the African Union’s Intercontinental Bureau of Agricultural Resources, which created the African Association of Veterinary Education Institutions (2A2E-V).
Serge is currently Professor and researcher at University of NANGUI ABROGOUA and Associated-Professor of the Inter-State School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine (EISMV) of Dakar.
Martin is a veterinarian and Associate Professor of Veterinary Anatomy in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia). After graduating from Murdoch University in 1994, he spent 4 years in general veterinary practice before completing his PhD in osteoarthritis research. In addition to his musculoskeletal research, Martin has developed a particular interest in veterinary education spanning practice, curriculum development, and research. He has served in a number of senior learning and teaching leadership roles within the College and University including Academic Chair and Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, giving him extensive experience with current national and international issues in veterinary education, curriculum reform, outcomes assessment, and accreditation policy and procedures.
Martin has a sustained history of active curriculum leadership and reform within the Murdoch veterinary college, and excellence and innovation in his own teaching. He was an awarded participant in the Carrick/ALTC “Enhancing the student Educational Experience through School-based Curriculum Improvement Leaders” (2006) and was a Project Associate on the ALTC project “Curriculum Development and Assessment of Methods to Enhance Communication and Life Skills in Veterinary Students” or ECALS project (2007-2009). In 2015 he was awarded a AU$349,000 Office for Learning & Teaching grant to lead the ongoing VetSet2Go collaboration to build veterinary employability (2015-2018, see www.vetset2go.edu.au).
Since its inception in 2007 Martin has coordinated Murdoch’s Veterinary Professional Life program, an innovative whole-of-course professional and life skills intervention that has been strongly commended by professional and accrediting bodies. He received a Vice-Chancellors Citation for Excellence in Enhancing Learning and an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2010. He is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching with presentations at AMEE, HERDSA, WA Teaching & Learning Forum, Australasian Veterinary Education Symposium, and UK VetEd Symposium, and has been an invited speaker at 4 of the last 9 annual Australian Veterinary Association education forums. During an education-based UK sabbatical 2011-12 with Sarah Baillie (Professor of Veterinary Education, Principal Fellow HEA) he initiated an ambitious Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) review of veterinary competencies.
Martin is also a successful and recognized biomedical researcher with a program of research in osteoarthritis and skeletal animal growth. He has considerable experience in project and budget management of large research grants and commercial pharmaceutical trials, as co- investigator on biomedical projects totaling over AU$1.3 million as well as CRC projects totaling over AU$1.2 million. He was WA State Representative of the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand, and has Chaired review panels for the NHMRC. He is author of 44 journal papers and 2 book chapters. He regularly reviews for numerous journals including Journal of Veterinary Medical Education and has recently been invited to the Editorial Board of that journal, as well as BMC Veterinary Research.
Kimberly Carney is an assistant professor of veterinary medicine and the coordinator of international programs at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM). After graduation from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, she owned and managed a rural mixed-animal practice for thirteen years. During this time, she served as an adjunct professor in the LMU veterinary technology program, as well as on the Board of Directors of Christian Veterinary Mission. Kim has served in numerous countries and capacities short term with this organization.
Between 2014 and 2018, Kimberly served with Christian Veterinary Mission full-time in Bolivia, both as a professor at Universidad Gabriel Rene Moreno Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria and in rural development projects in the countryside. In the Facultad, she developed new locally-sourced clinical skills models, conducted live surgery labs, and taught clinical reasoning and clinical English.
Kim joined LMU-CVM in 2018 as a clinical DVM with teaching responsibilities in both clinical rotations and in the robust clinical skills courses, utilizing and aiding in the creation of many models. As a current MPH/global health student, Kim’s current research focuses on veterinary student well-being, stress management, and antimicrobial resistance in shelter populations.
As the Coordinator of International Programs, she is creating agreements with universities and organizations globally for faculty exchanges and to offer students clinical and One Health opportunities in a variety of settings, thus integrating her passions for education and global health.
Nitish C. Debnath received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and MSc (Vet Med) degrees from the Bangladesh Agricultural University in 1976 and 1977 respectively. He achieved MSc in Tropical Veterinary Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1983, completed PhD in the field of Animal Virology in 1992 from the University of Surrey and postdoctoral training in Japan in 1995.
In 1979 he joined the Department of Livestock Services, Bangladesh and worked at different positions until 1986. From 1986, he continued research in the field of Animal Virology and Epidemiology in Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) until November 1996. In November 1996, he joined the newly established Chittagong Government Veterinary College (CGVC), Bangladesh and occupied the position of Principal. He led the movement of transformation of CGVC to Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) and was appointed as the founding Vice Chancellor in 2006.
Dr. Debneth introduced a new innovative veterinary undergraduate curriculum with an element of 40 weeks long work-based learning program (internship) as an integral part of DVM course in collaboration with Royal Veterinary College and University of Liverpool. He established international linkage for CVASU and CGVC with the Royal Veterinary College, London and Wye College, University of Liverpool Evaluation Unit during 1999-2004 as link coordinator of a Higher Educational Link (HEL) project financed by DFID/British Council. He established a research link project with the University of Copenhagen with support of DANIDA leading to the establishment of Poultry Research and Training Centre (PRTC) at CVASU. Dr. Debnath stablished South Asia Veterinary Educational Network (SAVE-Network) through a DelPHE(Development Partnership in Higher Education) project financed by DFID/British Council. It involved Veterinary Faculties and Colleges of South Asia for developing an output based integrated veterinary undergraduate curriculum for South Asian and became the founder Coordinator of SAVE-network. He also developed a capacity building project with Commonwealth Veterinary Association and British Council and introduced a month long internship placement programme at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and Bangalore Veterinary College, India for CVASU students. In November 2010, he returned to the Department of Microbiology, CVASU as Professor.
Since July 2011 he has been working as the Senior Technical Advisor-One Health and Veterinary Education at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Bangladesh. For improving competencies of the veterinary workforce contributing to develop partnership between FAO and Universities and facilitated the creation of National Veterinary Dean Council (NVDC) to improve teaching and learning at undergraduate level. A letter of agreement has been developed with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University to provide technical support to improve pedagogic skills of veterinary faculties. Partnership with Bangladesh Veterinary Council (BVC) to establish National Veterinary Accreditation System has been developed and extended to form a tripartite forum of BVC, NVDC & Department of Livestock Services-FAO ECTAD to develop Continual Education (CE) programme for the veterinary profession in Bangladesh and to institutionalize coordination of the three arms of the profession.
He pioneered the One Health movement in Bangladesh in 2007 jointly with veterinarians, physicians and environmental scientists, and launched a new professional organization called One Health Bangladesh. He has been chairing One Health Bangladesh since foundation. He organized several international conferences at CVASU and for One Health Bangladesh. His interests lie in virology, one health, and veterinary public health teaching, research and development. He served as President of Bangladesh Veterinary Council and Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB). He also served on the board of the International Association for Ecology and Health (IAEH) as one of the members and currently occupies the position of alternate member in the Board of Directors of Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) for Asia. He published sixty scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and made numerous presentations in seminars, conferences and colloquiums.
Professor Hussein El-Maghraby graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Zagazig University, Egypt in 1982. He appointed in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Benha University, Egypt where he completed the Master of Veterinary Science (Surgery) in 1988. He then joined the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California (Davis) to complete his PHD under the mutual system program. In 1992, Dr. El-Maghraby defended his PhD-thesis entitled ‘Ocular and Orbital Ultrasonography’ and joined Benha University as Assistant Professor of Surgery, Radiology and Anesthesiology.
In the period between 1996-2001, Dr. El-Maghraby joined the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Science and Technology in Jordan, then He returned back to Benha University. Dr. El-Maghraby promoted to Associate professor in 1998 and full professor in 2003. In 2007, He awarded Benha University prize for his scientific research and overall activities.
In 2008, Dr. El Maghraby, certified as International certified trainer and Human Resources Consultant (IBCT). In 2011, He got the certificate of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, University of Melbourne. In the period between 2009-2016, Dr. El-Maghraby hired as consultant of Development, Quality and Accreditation in Saudi Arabia Universities.
In 2016, Dr. El-Maghraby appointed as Chairman, Dept. of Surgery, Radiology and Anesthesiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University. His Research interests include the fields of Veterinary Surgery, Radiology and Anesthesiology. He is highly interested in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Ultrasonography. He is involved in projects exploring various aspects of Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Medicine.
In addition to his academic responsibilities Dr. El-Maghraby holds a variety of development positions in Middle East including: member of the Strategic planning Committee for Veterinary sector (Egypt), member of National Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (Egypt), Member, Higher Scientific Promotion Committee in the supreme council of universities- Egypt, Executive Director of Project Management Unit (Benha University), Executive Director of the Development and Quality Deanship (AlJouf University & Sattam bin AbdulAziz University-Saudi Arabia), Consultant and trainer in the National commission of Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NCAAA,Saudi Arabia), Consultant of QA and Accreditation (Islamic University & Alsharq University -Saudi Arabia). Dr. El-Maghraby also chaired many accreditation site visits in Egypt and Saudi Arabia
Gianella Mondadori, Rafael
Dr. Rafael Gianella Mondadori graduated from Federal University of Santa Maria – Brazil in 1995. He completed his Master in Veterinary Science, focus on Animal Reproduction, at the same University, in 1997. After that, he joined the faculty, as Head of Department, of a new Private Veterinary School where he was responsible for the implantation and construction of the new program and Campus, including all necessary facilities and equipment for it. During this period, in 2008, he obtained his Ph.D. in Cellular Biology, working with large animal reproduction. Since 2003, Dr. Mondadori is working at Brazilian National Commission for Veterinary Education from the Brazilian Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine. During this period he actively participate of various international veterinary education meetings as OIE, WVA, AAVMC, including NAVMEC, and also from PANVET and COPEVET. In 2009 Dr. Mondadori joined the faculty of Federal University of Pelotas – Brazil, where he works in under graduation with histology and as advisor in Veterinary Medicine Graduation Program. His research areas of interest are follicular development, gamete cryopreservation, reproductive efficiency and veterinary Education.
Jenny Hammond graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and worked in Small animal primary care private, emergency and charity practices before joining the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary medicine as a junior clinical training scholar in 2006. Following a rotating internship, Jenny joined the Small animal clinical services team, supporting students in the primary care rotations at the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) charity clinic. Jenny developed a particular interest in Veterinary education through her clinical teaching and was seconded from this role to develop the new Glasgow BVMS Curriculum, introduced in 2013. In 2017, Jenny completed a Doctorate in Health professions education, researching how students learn to cope with uncertainty in professional practice. This research interest has continued, through national and international research and scholarship collaborations in the areas of uncertainty, ambiguity tolerance and workplace based education. In her current role as director of the BVMS programme at Glasgow and Senior lecturer in Veterinary education, Jenny plays an active role in Veterinary education both nationally and internationally.
Dr Dietmar Holm qualified as veterinarian from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in 1998. After working as a mixed animal veterinarian for a few years in the UK and South Africa he started his academic career in the Department of Production Animal Studies at the same Faculty in 2003. His interests in education innovation were soon recognised as he established a number of action learning projects with a specific emphasis of stimulating the interests of students in production animal practice through exciting practical exposure, a much needed change at the time. He was instrumental in developing the current BVSc curriculum at the University of Pretoria in particular in developing the elective component of this programme. Dietmar is currently appointed as Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning at the Faculty where he also leads the undergraduate veterinary programme. Through his collaborative efforts the programme has developed to the extent that students assigned to large animal electives has increased from 46% of 125 students in 2015 to 59% of 176 students in 2018. As programme leader he also recently established and implemented the faculty’s curriculum transformation plan reducing the content overload, emphasising practical skills training and assessment and developing the local relevance and research themes within the programme.
Under his leadership the Faculty established a modern and innovative new on-site 3-year degree programme in veterinary nursing which will replace the previous 2-year diploma course in 2019.
Dietmar holds a PhD from the University of Pretoria and apart from veterinary education his research interests are in cattle herd health and production and he is very active in the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa where he integrates his research and education interests with great success. He is currently a councillor on the South African Veterinary Council and is involved in the African Union Intercontinental Bureau for Agricultural Resources’ initiative to create an African association for veterinary education establishments.
Eloise Jillings is Associate Dean – Admission and Students at the Massey University School of Veterinary Science in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She graduated as a veterinarian from Massey University in 2001, and worked in small animal practice before completing a residency in clinical pathology. Over her time working in the university her research interests have grown from clinical pathology to veterinary education related topics, particularly regarding admission and inclusivity. She is also a member of the AAVMC Admission and Recruitment committee. Eloise has pioneered changes to veterinary student selection in New Zealand to introduce evidence-based methods of non-academic performance assessment into a previously academic-only selection process. This formed the foundation of her doctoral studies. Eloise is Māori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) descent. She is responsible for the implementation of a wrap-around equity pathway for Māori and Pacific students to facilitate their improved representation in the New Zealand veterinary profession. In her current role, Eloise is actively involved in veterinary programme management and curriculum development.
Christin Kleinsorgen is a veterinarian and research associate at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. Christin founded the German Veterinary Students Association in 2010 and chaired as member of executive committee for Hannover from 2010 until 2013. From 2013 until 2015 she chaired the committee on veterinary education and was awarded a grant to investigate reflection and time management of veterinary students within Germany. After her veterinary studies (2007-2013), she started working as research assistant in the E-Learning-Department of the University and wrote her dissertation about virtual patients in veterinary basic sciences within the EU-funded vet-VIP project. She took over the management of the project “Competence center for e-learning, didactics and educational research” among German-speaking veterinary establishment from 2014 until 2016. Since 2016 she teaches communication in the clinical skills lab. In 2017 she completed a Higher Education Training Programme „Professional Teaching”. After defending her dissertation (2017, with honours), she started a postgraduate part-time master programme in veterinary education at the Royal Veterinary College in London. By now she has completed the Postgraduate Certificate and finishes the Postgraduate Diploma in 2020. Since 2018 she is secretary of the Veterinary Education worldwide (ViEW) and hereby has an extensive (inter-)national network within veterinary medical education.
Her research focus is in virtual patients and development of clinical reasoning, communication and key competence training in veterinary education. She is a supervisor of doctoral students in these topics. She regularly attends, presents research results and facilitates workshops at international conferences such as the German Association for Medical Education, Graz Conference, UK Veterinary Education Symposium and the Association’s for Medical Education in Europe conference (AMEE). Furthermore, she publishes in peer reviewed (inter-)national journals and serves as reviewer of manuscripts for various (inter-)national journals including the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, GMS Journal for Medical Education and BMC Medical Education.
Ryu, Pan Dong
Pan Dong is a professor of veterinary pharmacology at College of Veterinary Medicine Seoul National University (CVM SNU). He got his veterinary licence (1979) in Seoul and served for Korean Army for 2 years as First Lieutenant. He obtained his master’s degree in CVM SNU (1983), and PhD degree in Veterinary Physiology (Pharmacology) in Iowa State University (1989). After two years of postdoctoral training in the U.S.A., he joined CVM SNU as lecturer in 1991.
Since 1991, he has worked for advancement of veterinary education as teacher in veterinary pharmacology (1991~), Dean of CVM SNU (2011~2015), and presidents of Asian Association of Veterinary Schools (2014~2015), Korean Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (2013~2015) and Korean Society of Veterinary Medical Education (2013~2015). Pan Dong has also served as a member of OIE Ad hoc Group on Veterinary Education (2015~2016), Co-Chair of Vision 2050 Committee of World Veterinary Conference for WVA Declaration of Incheon (2016-2017; and guest editor for a special issue of Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (2019~2020).
Currently he works for Accreditation Board of Veterinary Education in Korea (2015~) as a member of Board of Directors, and for development of a national model of day-one-competencies as Chair of Education Committee, Korean Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (2015~). He is also working for Journal of Veterinary Science (2016~) and Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (2018~) as Editor-in-Chief. In research, he published 170 research papers on neuronal transmission in the hypothalamus and worked as Director of BK21 Program (2006~2011), a national graduate research program. His current research interest is understanding the structure and function of the primo vascular system, a novel tissue known as anatomical substance of the meridian.
Dr. Luis Zarco studied Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), followed by a Ph.D. in endocrinology at the University of California, Davis (1985). During the last 35 years Dr. Zarco has been a Professor at UNAM´s College of Veterinary Medicine. He teaches research methodology to veterinary students, and endocrinology and physiology of reproduction to post-graduate students. He carries out both basic and applied research on reproductive endocrinology. Luis Zarco has published more than 80 scientific papers on reproductive endocrinology and physiology of several animal species.
Dr. Luis Zarco has a demonstrated interest in the advancement of veterinary education and in international collaboration in the field. He was Dean of the Veterinary College of UNAM from 1997 to 2005. He was President of the Mexican Association of Veterinary Medical Schools (1998-2000), President of the National Council of Veterinary Education of Mexico (2003-2006), as well as president of the Pan-American Federation of Veterinary Schools (2002-2004), which affiliates the national associations of veterinary schools from Latin-American countries.
At the personal level, the strong commitment of Dr. Zarco to quality veterinary education was recognized when he was awarded the “National University Award” (Mexico, 1998) for best teaching in Natural Sciences. Dr. Zarco has attended and participated as a speaker in a large number of PanAmerican and World meetings on veterinary education, and has published papers on veterinary education on the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education and on the OIE´s Scientific and Technical Review.
Luis Zarco is in a good position to understand the role of veterinary education in the development of the veterinary profession, since he has held leadership positions in national and international professional organizations. He served as President of the Mexican Veterinary Federation (20072008). Later, from 2010 to 2014 he was President of the Panamerican Veterinary Association (PANVET), which is the organism that congregates the National Veterinary Associations of the American Continent. Also, Dr. Zarco served (2008-2010) as the Councilor from Latin America to the World Veterinary Association (WVA).