Monrovia, Liberia

Liberia : Passing of Dr. Joseph Anderson (03.03)


Le Dr Joseph Anderson lors de la 86e session générale de l'OIE. Photo (c) Maurine Tric & Juan Gaitan Velasquez (oie) 2018

Dr. Joseph Anderson at the 86th OIE General Session. Picture (c) Maurine Tric & Juan Gaitan Velasquez (oie) 2018


The World Organisation for Animal Health regrets to learn about the passing away of Dr. Joseph Anderson (°22 June 1958), Director of Veterinary Services in Liberia and WOAH Delegate.

Dr. Anderson earned his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Biology in 1983 from Cuttington University in Suakoko, Liberia and later enrolled at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, Japan where he obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Technology (BVSc) degree in 1988. Subsequently, Joseph Anderson gained admission at the Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University, Japan and graduated with a Master of Veterinary Science in 1990. He remained at the Iwate and eamed a Doctorate in Veterinary Parasitology in 1991.

Dr. Joseph R.N. Anderson commenced his public service with the Ministry of Agriculture in 1976. His working life in the agriculture sector spanned a period of over forty years, during which – among others – he became Head of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, National Project Coordinator, African swine fever TCP/RAF/7822(E) National Project, National Coordinator of the AU-IBAR VACNADA Project, Director, Animal Health Services, National Coordinator for Avian/Human Influenza, National Project Coordinator of the AU-IBAR SPINAP-AHI project, National Coordinator of the  African Bee Health Project (icipe and AU-IBAR) and finally Senior Director Animal Resources, WOAH Delegate and Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) at the Technical Department of the Ministry of Agriculture.

As a full time academic since he commenced his public life, the late Dr. Anderson served as Acting Dean of the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia.

Dr Joseph Anderson was put to rest on Saturday 23 March in his hometown of Dixville.

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