What department and university do you work for? Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Department of Veterinary Medicine; completed in (2013),Grad Fellow Livestock Innovation Lab Nepal
Collecting blood samples from goats in Nepal. Photo by: Tara Gaire
What was one time when you overcame a great challenge? Completing my MS in Veterinary Medicine from Nepal with a fellowship from Livestock Innovation Lab, Colorado State university.
For research, I went to hilly areas to collect blood samples from moving flocks of goat and sheep (mostly goats). The males especially, would become furious and try to hit me while collecting blood. I was hit with a horn once and able to escape, although I didn’t get the sample. Later, I tried to collect a sample from the same animal, but was stopped by the owners refusal. He was worried that I would be attacked again. I was upset, and tried to offer a little money and animal medication. Finally he let me collect the sample, which I got the second time. Collecting samples is a very difficult task because many owners are so close to their animals, that it is very hard for them to see blood drawn.
Tara Nath Gaire surveys a farm in the mid-hills region of Nepal as part of his thesis investigating the interaction between climate change and animal-human disease patterns.
What is the “elevator speech” for your job? I am a veterinary officer for the Nepal Government and my research is quite novel – I supply new views and perspectives for stakeholders in situations involving livestock health.