Mushtaq A. Memon, BVSc, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists
(Veterinarians dedicated to Animal Reproduction)
I grew-up in Shikarpur, Pakistan in a family with 4 brothers, 4 sisters, parents and a grandmother. My parents were illiterate but my father became a successful cloth merchant. My father insisted that I take over the family business but I wanted to see the World. As a Boy Scout at age of 12, I saw a banner with the Boy Scout motto – Serve Humanity! The motto created a path of my life, and even after 40+ years, I find myself following the path performing everyday activities, including my job and interactions with others.
After completing veterinary education in Pakistan, I joined a new veterinary faculty as an instructor. I pursued MS studies in Animal Reproduction, and came across Dr. Manzoor Ahmad. He was an outstanding teacher and a clinician and he inspired me to become a Theriogenologist. It is quite a coincidence that Dr. Ahmad received his graduate education (MS, PhD) from WSU in 1960s, and now I see myself teaching at his alma mater. I came to the US in 1975 as a graduate student at Iowa State Univ. After spending about 2 years in the Animal Sciences department, I transferred to Univ. of Minnesota and finished my PhD in Theriogenology (1980). Dr. Borje Gustafsson, my PhD major advisor, provided all the support I needed to be a successful academician. Dr. Gustafsson accepted department chair position at Univ. of Illinois and I joined him to receive post-doctoral training in Food Animal Medicine & Surgery. My first faculty job was at Oklahoma State Univ. I married a physician (MD), and she wanted to pursue residency training. To support her career, I moved to Louisiana State Univ. My wife couldn’t complete all the required training and we ended up moving to Tufts Univ. in Massachusetts. We had 2 children at that time and wanted to raise the family in a small town. I applied for an open theriogenologist position and joined the WSU faculty in 1991.
It has been a wonderful learning experience living and working in various environments. I find my happiness being with my family – Huma, my wife and 3 children. My older son Samir is at U of WA majoring in International Studies, Rusty at Pullman High School and Alena is getting ready for pre-school.
My professional satisfaction comes from teaching and mentoring students to become successful in their lives. Providing assistance for improvement in lives of other human beings, especially in developing countries satisfies the purpose of my life. Contributing in education of 3,000+ veterinarians, and helping animal owners world wide keeps me on the path of my Boy Scout motto – Serve Humanity!
International Veterinary Medicine
I was instrumental in starting International Veterinary Education program CVM-WSU http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/international/ In addition to international Vet Med courses, I work closely with WSU-Education Abroad office to facilitate veterinary students’ overseas externships. I provide mentorship and assistance in identifying externship sites, communicate with overseas site mentors. Upon completion of the externship, students give a presentation under International Veterinary Student Association’s seminar series, http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clubs_ivsa/ivsa.asp
More than 60 veterinary students have participated in externships in 31 countries since 1993. The countries are - Argentina 2, Australia 2, Brazil 1, Cambodia 1, Central African Republic 1, Chile 2, China 1, Cook Islands 1, Costa Rica 6, Czech Republic 3, Denmark 4, Haiti 1, Hungary 1, India 2, Ireland 4, Kenya 2, Mexico 3, Namibia 1, Nepal 2, New Zealand 1, Oman 1, Pakistan 1, Peru 1, Poland 1, Portugal 1, South Africa 3, Tanzania 2, Thailand 7, Uganda 1, United Arab Emeritus 1, Uruguay 3, Zimbabwe 1.
International Education & Development
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam. I taught 2 continuing education courses in bovine reproduction to 48 veterinary practitioners of Sindh province. The trip was supported by Pakistan bilateral university grant under MOU between SAU/WSU. November - December 2008.
My volunteer assignment was
coordinated by ACDI/VOCA
funded by USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program. The assignment objectives were to
assist ‘Raduga’ & ‘Kazminsky’ dairy companies (Stavropol area) in animal care
and health issues. Diagnosis and treatment of reproductive diseases, artificial
insemination, mastitis, etc, and provide recommendations on prevention and
control of the diseases. For additional information, please see the following
Power Point Presentation
Fulbright Fellowship - “The flagship international exchange program sponsored by the US government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United State and the people of other countries.” http://www.cies.org/About.htm I was recipient of the Fellowship to teach at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman during September 2006 to January 2007
For information about Oman, please see the following web site: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35834.htm
I taught a course (Principles of Animal Sciences), and conducted research at SQU on cattle, sheep and goat reproduction. Future collaborative research project entitled ‘Genetic Resources Preservation of Omani Livestock’ has been approved for funding. First WSU veterinary student (Hailey Gentile) completed (2007) Veterinary Education Abroad at Al Qurum Veterinary Clinic, Muscat.
I delivered following seminars as a part of the American Corners http://www.americancorner.hu/htmls/american_corners_worldwide.html , sponsored by Cultural Public Affairs Section of US Embassy, Muscat, Oman.
1. Environmental Endocrine Disruptor Actions on Reproduction. Suhar University. Dec 9, 2006.
2. Muslims in America. Modern College of Business, Muscat. December 26, 2006
View a slide show which shows some aspects of veterinary practice, culture and socio-economics in Oman.
Pakistan (2004, 2006, 2007)
Visiting Professorships were sponsored by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan http://www.hec.gov.pk/new/index.htm and supported by Washington State University and the universities in Pakistan.
For information about Pakistan, please see the following web site:
February, 2007 - University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, Pakistan http://www.uvas.edu.pk/ Seven-day national workshop on Equine Reproduction was offered with collaboration of Remount Veterinary & Farms Corps Pakistan Army at Mona (Mandi Bahauddin). The objective of the workshop was to provide up-date information and hands-on experience in equine reproduction. Seventeen veterinarians representing various parts of Pakistan participated in the workshop. The workshop comprised morning lectures, afternoon laboratory practice and during evening self education on internet related to assigned topics on equine reproduction. The workshop was a part of the Memorandum of Agreement signed by UVAS and WSU during 2005.
View a slide show which shows high-lights of equine reproduction course
February, 2006 - Faculty of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Pakistan. I taught a continuing education course for practicing on Bovine Reproduction during February, 2006.
December 2004 - College of Veterinary Medicine, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan), Pakistan. Assisted in curriculum design of the newly veterinary college, delivered lectures on animal reproduction, and on-line education. December 1-31, 2004.
International Education Administration
Head, International Education & Student Services, WSU 2001-2003
University wide administrative responsibilities for:
Coordinator – International
Veterinary Education (IVE) 1992 to date
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/international/ I was
instrumental starting the IVE program in 1992.
Courses – I coordinate above mentioned courses (VM 501, VM 504)
Faculty Advisor - International Veterinary Student Association http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clubs_ivsa/ivsa.asp