USDA Stations Liaison Officer With UMES

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2006

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD -  Dr. Ahmad Jilani, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been named liaison officer at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  There, he is charged with recruiting students to the UMES Departments of Agriculture and Human Ecology, helping students find internships within USDA, promoting the generous scholarship opportunities that USDA offers and assisting students who are interested in post-college employment in any of the 19 different agencies within USDA.

    Jilani holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Punjab in Pakistan.  Prior to coming to UMES, he spent 20 years with USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service as a public health veterinarian.  He worked as a supervisor, a public health veterinary officer and an enforcement investigator and analyses officer, reviewing facilities and procedures to ensure the public receives safe and healthy food.  He is familiar with multiple species such as poultry, turkey, duck, cattle, swine, horses and game animals and a variety of methods and regulations for slaughter, including traditional, New York dressed, Jewish, Buddhist and Islamic. He has worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as many of USDA's other agencies, such as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  His work has taken him to New York City; Lubbock and Waco, Texas; Boston; Maryland; and Delaware. 

    Of UMES he said, "People don't realize what a gem this University is.  My job is to spread the word about the full range of opportunities that are available to people interested in the broad, exciting and important fields of agriculture and human ecology."  

    Jilani works in Trigg Hall, Room 1137, on the UMES campus.  He can be reached at 410-651-6313.  He and his family have lived in Salisbury for ten years.

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    Kat Harting, media specialist, UMES Department of Agriculture, 410-651-6084, kharting@umes.edu.

    Contact: Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.