Director's Profile : Veterinary Teaching Hospital
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Omolade Abodunrin OLADELE is a Professor of Poultry Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. She was Head of Department from 2013-2015 and the Coordinator of Veterinary Services, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Ibadan from 2008 to 2010. She bagged her DVM., MVSc. (Veterinary Clinical Pathology) and Doctorate (Avian Medicine) in 1989, 1992 and 2003, respectively from the University of Ibadan. She also holds a Certificate in Poultry Management from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel (2004).
Professor Oladele was a Fulbright Scholar at the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA from 1995 to 1996 with a stint at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA., where she had her initial exposure to the world of cellular and molecular biology. She was awarded the Houghton Trust (UK) Travel grant in 2003 for the World Veterinary Association Congress at Colorado, USA. She was also awarded the MASHAV Scholarship by the Isreali Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004. She is a Fellow of the Postgraduate College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria. Professor Oladele served as National Consultant Veterinarian, Avian Influenza Unit, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Nigeria), in 2007 for the European Union-sponsored ‘Active Avian Influenza Surveillance Study in Nigeria’. She was also a Consultant to the Animal Health Component, Avian Influenza Control & Human Pandemic Preparedness and Response Project of the Federal Department of Livestock & Pest Control Services, Abuja (World Bank-sponsored) in 2008. In addition, she served as a resource person for the USAID-sponsored nation-wide Avian Influenza Commodities Training Workshops in 2007.
Her work experience commenced from being a Veterinary Officer at Zartech Poultry Farms, Ibadan in 1990 and at Vetech Animal Hospital, Ibadan in 1991. In 1992, she was employed as Lecturer grade II in the Department of Veterinary Medicine (Avian Diseases Unit), University of Ibadan. She rose through the ranks to become a Professor in the year 2012. Her research interests are in the areas of pathogenesis of viral diseases of poultry species (with particular focus on infectious bursal disease and Newcastle disease), immunoprophylaxis and the induction of disease tolerance in poultry species via the use of nutraceuticals. Her vision is to continually improve the health and productivity of poultry species towards increased availability of wholesome poultry products for human consumption. She has over fifty publications in peer-reviewed journals with international spread and a Nigerian patent titled ‘Organic growth promoter for poultry’ (NG/P/2012/285). She has served as External Examiner to Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, University of Agriculture, Makurdi and Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umidike. She is a memberof the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (Chaper Chairperson), Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World and Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA).
At present, she is the principal investigator on a multidisciplinary project investigating the influence of garlic (Allium sativum L.) on the productivity and health performance of commercial chickens. This project is being sponsored by a collaborative grant awarded by the University of Ibadan Research Foundation.