August 26, 2004
College Station - Three Iraqi veterinarians spent two weeks in
August at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to learn how veterinary medicine
is taught and practiced in the United States. Dr. Majid Hamid
Nijidi, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the
University of Baghdad was accompanied by Dr. Majid Nassir Hussain,
an assistant professor and assistant dean for administration, Dr.
Ali Fuad Ibrahim, an assistant lecturer at the school, and Captain
Lawrence Camacho from the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry
Division. The request to host the Iraqi veterinarians came from the
United States Military and the U.S. State Department.
Faculty and staff from Texas A&M University presented
information on the student selection process and curriculum for the
professional program, classroom technologies, academic departmental
overviews, and provided a tour of the Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital for their Iraqi colleagues.
"We were pleased to assist the U.S. Military by hosting the
veterinary delegation from Iraq and hope that we've helped to
support their efforts to advance veterinary medicine and higher
education in their country," said Dr. H. Richard Adams, dean of the
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and
In 2003, the U.S. Military's 414th Civil Affairs
Battalion, based out of Utica, NY helped to renovate the University
of Baghdad, School of Veterinary Medicine which had been used by
Republican Guard soldiers as a fighting position during the war.
Although the facilities were never bombed, the battles fought there
and the looting that followed caused considerable damage. The
school reopened on October 4, 2003 and continues to receive support
from around the world in the form of donated textbooks and
"Veterinary medicine is an important component in public health,
food production, and it improves our quality of life through
strengthening the human-animal bond," said Adams. "It was a great
privilege for the college's faculty and staff to meet and share
information with our colleagues and new friends from Iraq."
Angela G. Clendenin
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