In an effort to save wildlife, the Smithsonian's Global Health Program has developed an essential partnership with Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS). Through this program, Dr. Mathew Mutinda, a KWS veterinarian, came to Washington, D.C., for a month to train with SGHP at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The hope is to soon send SGHP vets to work with him in Kenya.
As the Global Health Exchange Fellow, Dr. Mutinda learned about advanced animal care and diagnostics as well as therapeutics, all of which he can apply to his work in Kenya. This fellowship helped to enhance his conservation skills and give him the tools to train the next generation of wildlife veterinarians, who will go on to save iconic species such as rhinoceroses, giraffes, and elephants. The success of the inaugural Global Health Exchange Fellow means further international fellowship exchanges between the Smithsonian and partner institutions around the world.