This year two exceptional veterinary students at Sokoine University of Agriculture are conducting their Honor’s research with the HALI Project.
Khadija Said is a 5th year veterinary student from the Tanga region of northeastern Tanzania. She is conducting molecular typing of Salmonella spp. and E.coli bacteria to identify the relatedness of bacteria isolated from different water sources and to determine if these bacteria have virulence factors which make them more likely to cause illness in people and animals.
While in Tanzania I took the opportunity to talk with Khadija and ask her a few questions about her interests and her project:
Why did you decide to become a veterinarian? “I like animals a lot and through undertaking this degree it will help me to save their lives. “
What have you learned from or enjoyed about conducting your Honor’s research? “Through this project, I have learned a lot about molecular techniques which will help me as a tool in typing any micro-organisms in future studies or projects. I have also gained a lot of expertise on bacterial isolation using different media.”
What are your goals after graduation? “To continue with further studies (Msc, PhD) if I get opportunities as soon as I finish my Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.”
*HALI project activities focus heavily on training Tanzanians to develop local capacity for the diagnosis and prevention of disease in people and animals. In Tanzania HALI has provided degree training to 2 Master’s students and 2 Bachelor’s students; non-degree training to numerous externs, and staff; and outreach to local community members in the villages where we work.