Engaging Veterinary Pathologists in Global Health


The GHPN is excited to welcome Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed (ishtiaqahmed@uvas.edu.pk) to the team. Dr. Ishtiaq is a Lecturer in the Department of Pathobiology at the Jhang Campus of University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore. He has hosted GHPN workshops twice in Pakistan, in 2018 and again in 2020. He earned both Veterinary and Master’s degrees from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). With a scholarship from TubiTak, he completed a PhD program at Ondokuz Mayis University Samsun Turkey. He has wide ranging interests in pathology and is very supportive of continuing to build pathology expertise throughout Pakistan and the region.

Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed

You have reached the Global Health Pathology Network (GHPN) website. We are a small, but growing team across professions within pathology to serve as a centralized resource and knowledge base to facilitate pathology engagement in Global Health.

The network is open to all countries for pathologists, pathology residents and veterinary students to join, as well as other professions that seek pathology engagement in their institution or work.

Our three main focus areas are to 1) provide shared informational and guidance forums to facilitate meaningful international engagement and support outreach by educational programs; 2) facilitate self-directed connections in the network that may lend to regional/country-specific groups for joint capacity building; and 3) use the network expertise to respond to requests for ground work pathology training and basic work in less developed countries received by the CL Davis and SW Thompson DVM Foundation under which we operate. To learn more, please review our article, an excerpt of which is below (Brown et al. Promoting Global Health through Pathology: Initiation of the Global Health Pathology Network. Vet Pathology May 2018):

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), as well as other formal Pathology colleges, are organizations with considerable member expertise, which can be put to great use in various locations around the world. Veterinary pathologists are well positioned to take advantage of the globalization phenomenon, participating in activities with colleagues in other lands and to be leaders in global health efforts. Internationally, there are 2 large realms in which veterinary pathologists can readily contribute. One is in capacity building, that is, aiding resource-constrained or less developed countries in the enhancement and support of local and regional animal health systems. This can be through providing training and infrastructure for basic surveillance and diagnosis of animal diseases, especially focusing on those for public good and with transboundary potential. The second is in supplying technical expertise in research and diagnosis, through virtual or in-person connections. Among other disciplines, histotechicians are critical to enable pathology capacity building and supplying technical expertise, and thus are a natural synergy for the pathology network.