Belize Agricultural Health Authority appoints new Technical Director of Animal Health.

Belize Agricultural Health Authority appoints new Technical Director of Animal Health.

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has a new Technical Director of Animal Health, and her name is Dr. Roxanna Alvarez. She is a resident of the south who recently took over after Dr. Miguel Depazz demitted office. Dr. Alvarez is also the country’s Chief Veterinary Officer and says she has a deep love for animals. Yesterday, Love News spoke to Dr. Alvarez and got an insight into her role in keeping the country safe and her motivation behind it. 

Dr. Roxanna L. Alvarez, Technical Director of Animal Health, BAHA:  “What motivated me to be in veterinary medicine is actually my love of animals. And it’s funny because sometimes it starts at a young age and sometimes, you know, it starts later. As a child, I remember following my dad around the farm when he would take care of his cattle and that disappeared for a while. Later on, it came back when I studied at what was then the Belize College of Agriculture and that is when I became interested in the field and I went away to study in Cuba. And since then, I have participated in the productive sector in a variety of different positions. And when this came about, I found that it would be an interesting challenge to continue to serve my country in a different capacity as technical director of animal health for BAHA. There is a lot of work that has been done throughout the years, and there is a lot of work that continues to need to be done really. Health in general and animal health specifically is a changing – is always changing, it’s constantly evolving and in specifically animal health changes on a day-to-day basis. That’s the reality of it right. Every morning the first thing I do and I get up is scan the horizon and see what the risks are. We as Belize are part of what is the World Organization for Animal Health. So every morning I get bulletins as to what new reports have been made across the world and then that then helps us to focus what direction we will take not only with regards to surveillance but also with regards to what our department needs to focus on at a particularly specific time. There’s a lot to work toward. We are a part of the National One Health Committee, of course, because it’s not only about animal health, it’s about health in general, environment, health, human health, and it’s all integrated.”

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