PULLMAN, Wash. – Ram and Vanmathy Kasimanickam, husband and wife faculty members in Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, recently returned from India where they combined a visit to their home state and veterinary alma mater with professional outreach.
International meeting on short notice
Ram Kasimanickam, center, with colleagues during a gathering
of veterinarians in India.
The meeting was held in collaboration with the Joint Directorate of Animal Husbandry, which helped pull together a slate of speakers and presentations that quickly drew about 220 attendees. Vanmathy, an assistant research professor in the same WSU department as her husband, assisted the hosts throughout. Ram presented three original papers.
Small successes yield large impact
“The challenges to increase production in India are enormous but even small increases will have a significantly greater human impact than they would in the U.S,” he said.
Ram and Vanmathy also visited Madras Veterinary College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where they toured the veterinary teaching hospital and talked to clinicians. Ram presented a seminar to faculty and students, presided over by the college dean Asokan and organized by the Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction, Tamil Nadu Chapter.