Dr. Muhammad Usman Zaheer hail from Lahore, Pakistan and a veterinary epidemiologist by training. Dr. Usman has recently passed the certification examination of American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM). By passing this examination, Dr. Usman has become the first Pakistani veterinarian to hold the status of Diplomate American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Dipl. ACVPM).
American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) is one of the 22 veterinary specialty organizations under American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The examination for the Diplomate status covers five broader areas of veterinary preventive medicine i.e. 1) Environmental Health & Toxicology, 2) Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 3) Food Safety, 4) Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, 5) Public Health Administration and Education. The examination evaluates candidates in each of the five subject areas for 1) Subject Matter Expertise (Essay Questions) and 2) Comprehensive Knowledge (Multiple Choice Questions).
Currently, Dr. Usman is pursuing PhD in Epidemiology at Colorado State University (CSU) under Fulbright Scholarship program (2014-2019). At CSU, he is working under mentorship of Prof. Dr. Mo D. Salman and Dr. Sangeeta Rao. His PhD project focuses on “Adaptation and validation of a climate-based simulation model for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) spread in non-endemic and endemic countries/regions”.
He earned his DVM from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2010, and MPhil Epidemiology and Public Health from University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Hassan Mushtaq. He has also worked as Zoonotics Surveillance Officer in Animal Health Program of National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Islamabad, Pakistan from 2012-2014.
He likes to advise young veterinarians on studies in USA in general and Fulbright Scholarship in particular. He has also created a Facebook Page where interested veterinarians can communicate with him and seek guidance.