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close this bookEthnoveterinary Medicine in Asia - General Information (IIRR, 1994, 145 p.)
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View the documentIdentification, collection and preparation of medicinal plants
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View the documentCommon units of measurement
View the documentEstimating live weight
View the documentSimple surgical techniques
View the documentTreating castration wounds
View the documentGlossary of english and botanical names
View the documentGlossary of medicinal plants
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Participants' profile

Nita Cueva-Abena
Intemational Institute of
Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
Silang, Cavite, Philippines
Tel (0969) 9451
Fax 9937

Dr. Abena has a B. S. degree from Aquinas University and a D.V.M. degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Her experience includes clinical practice with food and companion animals, rural development and extension work and consultancies for commercial swine farms. Currently, she is IlRR's swine production coordinator. Among other things, she conducts training on swine production and basic animal health care for farmers. She has done research on ethnoveterinary practices in Cavite province, Philippines, and has used herbal remedies during her clinical work. Dr. Abena is a Filipina.

Jayvir V. Anjaria
C/5, Sonarika Apt.
Nr. Panjarapole, Atira Road
Ahmedabad 380 015, India
Tel 091-079 - 404910
Fax c/o 091-079 - 425332

An Indian national, Dr. Jayvir V. Anjaria is a retired professor of pharmacology and, currently, a consultant to the pharmaceuticals and herbal drug industry. His experience includes 11 years of field work in veterinary medicine, 21 years in teaching, research and administration and 10 years as an international consultant. Dr. Anjaria has travelled to various countries, including the USA, UK, France and Canada. He has received four National Awards in India for his efforts in indigenous drug research.

Luka Choemuen
115 M.2 T. Rimkok A. Muang
Chiangrai 57100
Tel (053) 713-169
Fax (053) 713-169

Mr. Choemuen is the agricultural manager of the Development and Education Project for Akha (a hill tribe in Thailand). He graduated from Chiangrai Teachers' College with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and education. He has served as a teacher, trainer and coordinator for animal raising, farming, irrigation and the administration of a revolving credit fund. He is a Thai citizen.

Baldwin L. Dy
Philippine Animal Health Center
Bureau of Animal Industry
BAI CPD, Visayas Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel/Fax 99-21-77

Dr. Dy is a Filipino veterinarian at the Epidemiology Section of the Philippine Animal Health Center, Bureau of Animal Industry, Department of Agriculture. He has been involved in ethnoveterinary documentation, research and development, application, practice and extension for the past eight years. He is currently involved in animal disease investigations and surveillance in the Philippines.

Mila Gracia A. Ejercito
1070 M. Ocampo St.
Bo. Obrero, Tondo
Manila, Philippines
Tel 35-32-60
Fax 818-76-18; 587-919

Dr. Ejercito is a Filipino veterinarian with the Philippine program of Heifer Project International. She provides farmerlevel training to grass-root organizations nationwide on proper livestock production management.

Tomas J. Fernandez, Jr.
Department of Animal Science and
Veterinary Medicine
ViSCA, Baybay, Leyte 6521A

Dr. Fernandez, Jr. is the Head of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Visayas State College of Agriculture, Baybay, Leyte, Philippines. He has been doing research on ethnoveterinary medicine for 10 years, studying the toxicity and efficacy of herbal remedies. Dr. Fernandez earned his D.V.M and M.S. degrees at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City and his Ph.D. at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Fernandez is a Filipino.

Nitya Sambamurti Ghotge
10, Lantana Gardens N.D.A. Road
Bavahan, Poona 411021, India
Tel 0212-369065

Dr. Ghotge received her degree in veterinary sciences and animal husbandry from the College of Veterinary Sciences, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India, and her master's degree in veterinary surgery from Bombay Veterinary College, India. She has worked extensively as a veterinary researcher and consultant to NGOs, animal welfare organizations, zoological parks and research organizations. She has developed educational and training materials for rural and urban animal owners and health workers and has conducted training programs in urban and rural areas, especially directed towards rural women. She is interested in alternative systems of animal medicine and care and has collected and documented indigenous veterinary practices in different parts of Western India. Dr. Ghotge has also worked as a small-animal practitioner and surgeon for several years. She is an Indian citizen.

Vinai Klunsorn
Northern Agriculture Development Center (NADC) 65
Sutape, Amphur Muang
Chiangmai, Thailand
Tel (053) 279080, 276490

Mr. Klunsorn is the agricultural officer of NADC. He finished high vocational level in animal science from Maejo Agricultural College, Chiangmai, Thailand in 1970. He formerly raised fish and swine as a private business. He was also the agricultural extension worker in the highland area around Chiangmai, Thailand, for a UNDP Project. One of his major current responsibilities is to administer a revolving fund for animal raising for rural people. Mr. Klunsorn is a Thai citizen.

S. Kumaraswamy
Agroskills Consultancy
7711, Isipatana Mawata
Colombo 5, Sri Lanka
Tel (01) 508129, 508130
Fax (01) 584124

Dr. Kumaraswamy, a Sri Lankan, is a veterinarian. He has 15 years experience in clinical practice and he has done research in animal reproduction for 10 years. He was also deputy director of the Department of Animal Production, Sri Lanka, provincial director of the Department of Animal Production and advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Sri Lanka. He is presently a director and consultant of Agroskills Consultancy and a freelance consultant.

Chheng Heat Leao
2440 E. Van Owen Avenue
Orange, CA 92667, USA
Tel Work/Daytime (714) 5711980
Home/Nighttime (714) 633-6416
Fax (714) 571 -1974

Dr. Leao, a Cambodian, is a veterinarian trained in animal production. He was the provincial chief of the Veterinary Department in Cambodia for 19 years. He worked closely with Cambodian farmers in animal production and the eradication of contagious animal diseases. Dr. Leao also taught veterinary students at the universities in Cambodia. He now lives in California. Since 1985 he has been providing teaching materials in Khmer for his young colleagues in Cambodia through the American Friends' Service Committee, for which he is a veterinary consultant.

Carmencita Directo-Mateo
Institute of Animal Science
University of the Philippines at Los BaBR>College, Laguna, Philippines
Tel 1092551
Fax 109-2547

Dr. Mateo is a Filipino veterinarian and animal nutritionist with D.V.M., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees. She has been involved in university research on the utilization of medicinal plants for animal health care in the Philippines. She has published on this topic and participated in workshops, conferences and seminars addressing ethnoveterinary concerns.

Evelyn Mathias
Intemational Institute of
Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
Silang, Cavite 4118
Tel 0969-9451
Fax 0969 9937

Dr. Mathias holds a Dr. med. vet. degree (equivalent to Ph.D.) in veterinary medicine and a D.V.M. degree, both from the University of Giessen in her native Germany and an M.S. in international development from Iowa State University, USA. She has performed field research on goats' feeding behavior in Tunisia, the reproductive physiology of swamp buffaloes in Thailand and ethnoveterinary medicine in Indonesia. She has conducted extensive literature reviews of ethnoveterinary medicine and indigenous tree management worldwide. From 1981 to 1985, she was a visiting lecturer at Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia. From 1988 to 1992, she was a research associate with the Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD) at Iowa State University. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Regional Program for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge in Asia at IIRR. There, she works on the retrieval and application of indigenous knowledge in development and promotes regional networking.

Constance M. McCorkle
7767 Trevino Lane
Falls Church
Virginia 22043, USA
Tel (703) 2041837

Dr. McCorkle holds an M.A. in linguistics and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. Currently, she works as a consultant in agriculture, environment and rural development worldwide. She previously served as director of USAID's staff environmental training program and as director of research for USAID's global gender-in-development project. From 1985 to 1990, as a faculty member in the University of Missouri's Department of Rural Sociology, she coordinated the Sociology Project of the Small Ruminant-Collaborative Research Support Program (SRCRSP). Dr. McCorkle began work in ethnoveterinary medicine in 1980 while conducting the SR-CRSP research in Peru. In 1986, she published the first article describing the field of ethnoveterinary research and development (Journal of Ethnobiology, 6: 129149). She has since designed and conducted research and published several articles on ethnoveterinary medicine, traditional healers and paraveterinary extension in Latin America and Africa. She is currently editing a multi-author volume (with Schillhorn van Veen and Mathias) on ethnoveterinary medicine worldwide. She is a US citizen.

Sommay Mekhagnomdara
National Institute Vaccine Production (NIVP)
B.P. 1298
Nonteng, Vientianne, Laos
Tel 612017-612028
Fax c/o Quaker Service 856-21-314370

Dr. Sommay, a Lao citizen, is the head of the Veterinary Division of the National Institute for Vaccine Production. He is also Quaker Service's coordinator for the improvement of veterinary field services. He has published two Booklets: Village veterinary worker training handbook and Indigenous chicken raising in Laos.

Tri Budhi Murdiati
Balitvet-Research Institute for Veterinary Science
Jln. Martadinata 30
Bogor 16114, Indonesia
Tel (0251) 331048
Fax (0251) 336425

Dr. Tri Budhi Murdiati holds an M.Sc. in toxicology from Sydney University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in poisonous plants from James Cook University (also in Australia). She worked for three years with the Research Institute for Animal Production in Bogor, Indonesia. In 1984, she joined the Research Institute for Veterinary Science, where she is currently a research scientist. Dr. Murdiati has conducted a number of laboratory trials and village studies on ethnoveterinary medicine. She has also done research on residues of antibiotics in livestock products and the environmental impact of livestock methodology. She is an Indonesian citizen.

H.D. Wasantha Piyadasa
Provincial Director's Office (West)
Livestock Farrn
Welisera, Ragama
Sri Lanka
Tel 01 538474

Dr. Piyadasa, a Sri Lankan, has 17 years of experience in clinical practice with livestock and other animals species, in veterinary acupuncture and in the use of herbal medicine in animals. He completed his B.S. degree in veterinary science in 1975 and an M.Sc. in animal physiology in 1984, both from Peradenya University. He is currently involved in swine development activities in the Department of Animal Production and Health, Sri Lanka.

Piyasak Sukarnthapong
North East Thailand (NET) Foundation
Post Office Box 2, Amphur Muang
Surin 32000, Thailand
Tel 511-172

Mr. Sukarnthapong has been in charge of the Northeast Thailand Foundation's livestock project since 1990. He conducts training and implements field activities with villagers in the project's target area. The livestock project focuses on medicines and animal health care. It emphasizes a blend of indigenous technologies and practices with Western science. Mr. Sukarnthapong has five years of experience in beef cattle production. He is a Thai citizen.

Sagari R. Ramdas
A-21 Sainikpuri
Secunderabad 500594, India
Tel 040-862826; 040-863167
Fax 040-690892

Dr. Ramdas is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Sciences, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India, and holds a master's degree in animal breeding and genetics from the University of California—Davis, USA. She has wide professional experience with different rural livestock production problems in India, ranging from tribal to semi-nomadic shepherding systems. As a veterinary consultant to various NGOs, Dr. Ramdas has trained animal paramedics, specifically rural women, and developed training and educational materials which are now used for alternative health systems (especially homeopathy) for the prevention and cure of animal disease. She is deeply involved in the collection and practical application of indigenous veterinary practices. An Indian citizen, Dr. Ramdas is working with rural communities in South India.

Aem Wangklang
36 Moo 4 Ban Nongsai
Tambol Lamprick, Amphur Kornburi
Nakornrachasima, 30250

Mr. Wangklang is a Thai farmer. He cultivates cassava and raises 40 cows and 200 chickens. He has 20 years of experience in using herbal medicine for animals. He is a member of the Committee of the Lamprick Livestock Farmer Association.

Medino A. Yebron
College of Veterinary Medicine
Central Mindanao University
University Town
8710 Musuan, Bukidnon

Dr. Yebron is a veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon, Philippines. He is an associate professor and former dean of that college, which conducted more than 30 studies and theses on herbal medicine and related indigenous practices. Dr. Yebron holds an M.S. degree with a major in veterinary pathology. He has been teaching and doing research and extension work for the last 18 years. He is concurrently the coordinator of the Philippines-Belgium Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.