Elizabeth Abraham

Graduate Student, Minnesota TIP Research Coordinator
125D Ruttan Hall

Education
B.V.Sc (Bachelor of Veterinary Science), Pondicherry University, India
M.V.Sc (Master of Veterinary Science) in Veterinary Extension, Pondicherry University, India

Background and Interests
I grew up in a city known for its beautiful beaches and swaying coconut trees, situated in the western coast of India, Goa. Right from my childhood, I loved to keep and take care of pets and thus aimed to be a veterinarian. It was while in the veterinary school, that I was exposed to the rural life in India and slowly the plight and suffering of the rural poor farmers started moving me. Thus after graduating from the vet school, I left the charms of being a mainstream practicing pet specialist, and decided to pursue my masters in veterinary extension. I was thus trained to bridge a gap between the research institutions and the knowledge deprived livestock rearing farmers, by taking information to their doorsteps. For my research work in masters, I was involved in training selected women groups involved in livestock rearing, through audio conferencing with a cell phone mediated audio conferencing device. Personally, I am interested in the subjects of addressing knowledge gap, gender based education, and empowerment of rural poor in developing nations through livestock rearing practices. On a lighter note, you can talk to me about my experiences with animals especially elephants, about the nuances of being raised up in a gender biased society and why I am always amazed with my Creator and His creation around me.

Elizabeth Abraham