Dr Samah Mahmoud al Sharif won the award for best veterinarian in the GCC at the Almarai Veterinarian 2020 held in Saudi Arabia on December 11.
The first female Omani veterinarian, Dr Samah is the head of the Veterinary Quarantine Department at Muscat International Airport under the Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources.
Dr Samah received the award in recognition of her distinguished role in providing veterinary services in the sultanate at a ceremony held in the Saudi port city of Jizan.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Samah said, “I am honoured to receive this award. It is, in fact, an achievement for my country. The recognition is a great motivation to do more. Veterinary is the first line of defence to preserve human and animal health.”
Dr Samah was instrumental in formulating legislation related to the veterinary field, including a unified veterinary quarantine law for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. She is currently the sultanate’s representative in the World Organization for Animal Health.
“There are about sixty Omani veterinarians, of which only two are women. I urge Omani girls to take up this profession. There are modern medical machines that aid veterinarians. I believe Omani women can work in any field and raise the sultanate’s flag all over the world,” Dr Samah said.
The Almarai Veterinarian award was launched in 2010 by the Riyadh-based company in partnership with King Faisal University. Awards are presented in five categories under the supervision of the Saudi Veterinary Medical Association to honour veterinarians in the GCC states.
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