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Introducing our new Kenya Representative, Dr. Grace Watene.

Dr. Grace Watene is a veterinarian with a wide array of experience. She plays an important role in both our Healthy Pets and Healthy Farms Programs in Kenya. Dr. Grace renders professional support to program leaders, the indigenous farmers living in the area, addresses the needs of communities, and actively monitors project implementation and progress. In addition, she is a disciplined public health enthusiast and an avid epidemiologist with a One Health focus.

Dr. Watene brings a wealth of knowledge to Veterinarians International as a veterinarian and post-graduate student undertaking M.S.c in Veterinary Public Health at the University Of Nairobi, and a M.S.c in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University Of London; Royal veterinary College (UK).  But it is her experience that sets her apart, and makes her a valuable asset. She has been a Graduate research Fellow at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) involved in Coxiella burnetii-sero-prevalence work, in the Horn project as a pioneer grant holder in an Antimicrobial Resistance multidisciplinary research project to be conducted in Oloitoktok, Kenya, and in a number of volunteer projects (USAID One Health program in Kajiado) where they assessed the One Health needs of the Maasai community in 2017. 

Furthering her interests, Dr. Watene has been part of the veterinary team that leads the Laikipia Rabies Vaccination campaign at Mpala research Centre (Nanyuki) since 2016 and has participated in several spay-neuter campaigns across the country. As she continues to grow professionally, she aspires to take on a leadership role in confronting the socio-economic elements that determine the health and wellbeing of both animal and human populations.