Key note speaker during the VI Ibero-american Symposium on Conservation and Utilization of Animal Genetic Resources San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, organised by CYTED, the Autonomous University of Chiapas and the Institute of Indigenous studies of Chiapas, Mexico.
Project: B.Sc. Thesis research
Job title: Research for B.Sc. thesis
Organization: Instituto de Estudios Indígenas – Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas
Location: Chiapas, Mexico
Thematic areas: Animal health, animal production, ethnoveterinary medicine
Brief description of responsibilities:
- Research on traditional veterinary practices and sheep husbandry system of the Tzotzil shepherdesses through observation and interviews (group and individual),
- Collection of medicinal plants and sheep faeces samples for ongoing research of the I.E.I on the efficiency of medicinal plants on endo-parasites.
A summary of my B.Sc. thesis was published in: Martin M, Mathias E, McCorkle CM. Ethnoveterinary Medicine: An Annotated Bibliography of Community Animal Healthcare. London: ITDG Publishing; 2001
Geerlings, Ellen (1998) Ethnoveterinary medicine and Sustainable Livestock Development: research Based on a Literature Study and Practical Research In Chiapas, Mexico. B.Sc. thesis in Small-Scale Animal Production in the Tropics, International Agricultural College of Larenstein, Deventer, Netherlands. 84pp
Project: Practical training
Job title: Trainee
Organization: Centro de Enseñanza, Investigación y Extensión en Ganadería Tropical (CEIEGT), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Location: Tlapacoyan, Veracruz, Mexico
Skills: Practical training
Thematic areas: Animal health, animal production, extension, research
Brief description of traineeship:
- I worked at CEIEGT for a period of seven months. The first two months I participated in an intensive Spanish language course
- Working on the three different ranches where I learned the basic skills of fish (Tilapia) production, tropical sheep production and milk and meat production.
- The remaining four months were spend on “La Soledad“, a ranch of 114 hectares with 275 Zebu-cattle. Here I conducted pasture research (dry-matter content, yield, etc.) and I participated in activities such as: periodical de-worming; dipping; pregnancy diagnosis by rectal palpating; injecting, taking blood samples; heat detection during breeding season; fencing; rounding up cattle on horseback; taking faeces samples; tick spraying; testing cattle on Brucellosis and Tuberculosis and examine blood samples with a microscope on Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis.
- Giving practical training on pasture sampling to groups of mexican veterinary and agricultural students.
- Giving English language lessons to Mexican students during my stay at CEIEGT and I participated in several workshops and seminars.