Growing up in Uganda, Margaret Khaitsa always excelled in the sciences, and she became one of few young women to study chemistry and biology in her advanced high school. She expected to go into agriculture, but changed her career focus when she qualified to study veterinary medicine at Makerere University.
Today, she is a professor of international veterinary epidemiology in
Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned a
master’s degree at University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and a
doctoral degree at The Ohio State University before working for a decade
on faculty at North Dakota State University. She was attracted to MSU
in 2013, soon after she attended a university conference on food
security. She was impressed by MSU’s strategic goal of globalization,
along with its relationship with the U.S. Agency for International
Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
“That aligned really well with what I was doing,” said Khaitsa,
referring to a USAID-funded project she was working on in “Capacity
building in Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases and
Zoonosis –CIMTRADZ” in East Africa. read more...