Abdoulie Ceesay

Animal Welfare Educator Liberia

For as long as he can remember, Abdoulie Ceesay, the Animal Welfare Educator for VETS UNITED in Liberia, wanted to work in the field of animal health. Originally from The Gambia, where agriculture plays a big role in most Gambian farmers’ daily lives, farm animals especially motivated him to join the field. Abdoulie thus early on set out to find a fitting job in which he could support and advice farmers on livestock and animal health related concerns. With a degree in Animal Science and 24-years of experience working in animal health, Abdoulie Ceesay has been an essential part of the VETS UNITED team since 2019. He now educates students from two institutions in Liberia on animal welfare.

Background: Liberia, Africa

Capital: Monrovia
Area: 111.368 km2
Population: ca. 4.6 million
Official language: English
Ranked 181 of 189 in the human development index 2018
Around 1.6 million livestock (mainly chicken and goats)
Ca. 20 local para-vets, out of which 15 actively practice
No local vets (ca. 4 foreign ones)

WTG: What do you enjoy most about your work for VET’S UNITED?

AC: I appreciate the transparency, knowledge and overall frame work of this project that was created in partnership with VET’S UNITED. Numerous committed people in different countries are working together to raise animal welfare standards all over.

WTG: How has the quality of the education and animal welfare in general changed so far through the VET’S UNITED education program? What are your hopes for the future?

AC: There have been changes in the quality of the overall education on animal welfare as well as the quality of students doing animal welfare. The support of VET’S UNITED can bring even more change to the quality of animal welfare studies, especially in Liberia. The graduated students will be the people serving the community in the future and hopefully change the livestock owner’s mentality on animal welfare.

WTG: What are your hopes for the animal health and animal welfare situation in the country in 5 to 10 years?

AC: The hope is that people understand that animal health and animal welfare are interlinked and cannot exist without one another. In the next 5 to 10 years, awareness of exactly this needs to be improved in the areas we work in to create some kind of unconscious compassion towards livestock and their well-being. In the future, with every year passing, more and more information on animal health and animal welfare will be introduced to the people. This will slowly but surely facilitate good feeding, care and housing, which in turn will then support the communities in Liberia by being able to own animals in larger numbers.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wendy Phillips (Senior Manager Programme)
E-Mail: wp@welttierschutz.org

Tel.: +49(0)30 – 9237226-0
Reinhardtstr. 10
10117 Berlin


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