Mirembe Dinah Nanyonjo
23-year-old Mirembe Dinah Nanyonjo studies Veterinary medicine at Makerere University in Uganda.
What made you choose a career in the animal health sector?
It was my passion for animals and desire to advocate for animal welfare. But also the concern I have for the public in regard to quality and safe animal products and diseases of zoonotic importance.
Did you experience any barriers in becoming successful in this field because you are a woman?
Society undermines women in the sector and takes them as inferior and of limited skills. Inability to ride a motorcycle in case of farm visits, limited man power when handling large animals to name but a few.
Who are your role models in the sector?
Dr. Baluku Sylvia and Dr. Awili Anna Grace.
Based on your own experience, what would you advise women who want to pursue a career in animal health and welfare?
It is really a good career. Becoming a vet enables you give back to your community through provision of good animal health services.
How do you see the future of woman in the animal health sector?
The future is bright because more women are getting on board and are being recognized in the sector.