22-year-old Robinah Nakabuye studies veterinary medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosecurity in Kampala, Uganda.
What made you choose a career in animal health?
All my life growing up I have been surrounded by animals - dogs, cats and chicken at home. I also drew inspiration from several people who are already in the field. Dr Kizitos Joseph who majored in nutrition and manufactures different concentrates for animals. He gave advice on the several opportunities in the animal health world and what a life changing experience it would be. Dr Nakalembe Immaculate who told me I had what it takes to make it in the animal health world and to always consult her for further guidance.
Do you experience any barriers in becoming successful in this field because you are a woman?
Yes I do.
Girls are generally looked at as weak and unable to handle animals yet psychology rather than force could be applied to handle animals. There is also a bias that veterinary medicine is a very hard course and anyone who does it will fail. I also face challenges from people saying the course is too long yet i need to have kids and start a family early. People generally take pretty girls to be dumb and it is quite challenging.
Do you have any female role models in the animal health field?
Yes I do.
Dr Gladys Zikusooka a prominent wildlife doctor who has also impacted on the communities where she works by ensuring wildlife are not poached in exchange for medical care to communities.
Dr Sylvia Baluka, the president Uganda Veterinary Association. She has worked towards promotion of and approval of animal welfare projects in the country.
Based on your own experience, what is your advise for women whou want to pursue a career in animal health and welfare?
Have zeal and passion for all aspects encompassing animal health, draw people who encourage and help you get better in your practice and interaction with animals.
How to you see the future of woman in the animal health sector?
Women have a bright future in the animal world because naturally we are more caring towards other beings and will see to it that animals are well cared for.