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My name is Essam Otefi, and I grew up in Egypt’s beautiful coastal city of Alexandria. I earned my veterinary medicine degree from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University in 1999. I currently work as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (SPHV) for the United States Department of Agriculture-Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). I have over a decade of food safety work related experience, and I enjoy working autonomously and as a part of a multidisciplinary team of food safety scientists.
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I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was six years old. However,I was most familiar with small animal medicine until after graduation from Wilmington College of Ohio, when I went to work on a local sow farm. That is where I fell in love with pigs and population medicine!
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I was fortunate to be born and raised on a diversified farm outside of Villa Grove, IL. While most of the farm comprised of grain production, we also raised cattle as well as ventures into swine and poultry through our 4-H projects. Upon graduation, I attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received a BS in Agricultural Education and minor in Animal Science. Most importantly, I met my wife of 11 years while at SIUC.
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I grew up on a farm near the Wisconsin-Illinois border, and I loved living and working on the farm. I gained experience in a variety of livestock, from pigs to poultry, but my favorite animals were the goats. It became a dream of mine to one day specialize in dairy goats, and I was lucky enough to find a husband that shared my enthusiasm and supported my endeavors. We currently have a small farm and big plans for the future.
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