2018 to date: Visiting Professor, Dipartimento di Scienze Medico Veterinarie, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy.
Responsible for running a five day, full-time course in Basic and Advanced Raptor Medicine for students of the Master degree on Wildlife Medicine. The course is also open to a limited number of International participants. The course include the following subjects :Introduction to raptors, Structure and function, Housing and husbandry, Patient examination, Clinical diagnostic examination (radiology, endoscopy), Clinical laboratory examination (cytology, parasitology, blood chemistry, haematology), Medical, nursing and cosmetic procedures, Sedation and anaesthesia, Soft tissue surgery, Traumatology (orthopaedic surgery, wounds), Infectious diseases (Mycotic, bacterial, viral diseases), Non-infectious diseases (toxicosis, amyloidosis), Post-mortem examination.
2006 to 2020: Director of Wildlife, Wrsan, Wildlife Division, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Responsible for the operation and management of the Wildlife Division at Wrsan. This is an extensive private wildlife collection located in Ajban, approximately 70 km from Abu Dhabi. The Division is integrated by the Mammal, Bird, Falcon, Saluki, Veterinary Science and Administrative departments. Duties included the routine day-to-day technical management, animal development activities and co-ordination of scientific research. Design, establish and conduct continuing education and training programmes for interns from local, regional and international institutions. Responsible for the design and implementation of a development programme for the Division, including the design and construction of new veterinary buildings and animal husbandry support facilities, enhancement of existing veterinary buildings and animal husbandry support facilities, mammal and bird enclosures, live-food production units, quarantine and isolation stations, animal food preparation units, feed and hay stores, artificial lakes and ponds.
Responsible for overseeing the gyr (Falco rusticolus) falcon breeding programme including the calibration of thermometers and hydrometers, incubators and hatchers and supervise the incubation, hatching and rearing of hatchlings. In charge of health checks and medical care of all hunting falcons before, during and after the training and hunting seasons.
In charge of directing and supervising the training programme for hunting falcons in Morocco on a daily basis. The training camp was set up close to the city of Ifrane and was run from mid-August to mid- November. The training programme included the use of fixed-wing aircrafts, drones, game launchers and lure and live-bird training.
Staff under direct training and supervision included three Administrative Personnel, two Veterinary Surgeons, 4 Veterinary Technicians, 2 Laboratory Technicians, 5 Department Supervisors, 5 Assistant Supervisors, 2 Falcon and Bird Breeders, 12 Falcon trainers and 100 Animal Keepers.
1998 – 2006 Medical Director. Falcon Specialist Hospital and Research Institute, Fahad bin Sultan Falcon Centre, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In charge of establishing and running the Fahad bin Sultan Falcon Centre in Riyadh, the Capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Centre was established primarily to: Provide out-patient services through diagnostics, therapeutics and surgical practices, provide in-patient, moulting and quarantine services, promote and enhance public awareness on falcon health and disease, conduct a comprehensive research programme related to falcon medicine, liaise and establish collaborative programmes with local, regional and international institutions, establish and conduct continuing education and training programmes for interns from local, regional and international institutions, participate and organize local, regional and international conferences and workshops, provide a forum for falcon and falconry enthusiasts in the Kingdom, coordinate falconry practices and activities within the Kingdom, promote and increase public awareness on falconry history and practices, promote and increase public awareness on conservation issues related to falcons and falconry and promote and preserve falconry as part of the Arab cultural heritage. The Falcon Hospital handled approximately 2,700 different falcons annually. Staff under direct training and supervision included three Administrative Staff, three Veterinary Surgeons, six Veterinary Technicians, three Laboratory Technicians and four Falcon Keepers.
1993 – 1998: Head of the Veterinary Science Department. National Avian Research Centre, Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) is a scientific and conservation organization devoted to the preservation of the houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata macqueenii) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The main goals of NARC were to conduct captive breeding and release programmes into protected areas, to conduct scientific research to increase our understanding of houbara in the wild and in captivity, to promote the sustainable use of the houbara bustard in Arab falconry and to set up conservation awareness programmes. The Veterinary Science Department was fully responsible for the health and medical care of all bustards held in three different collections maintained by NARC in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The main medical activities were framed around a comprehensive preventative medical programme, although incidental medical care was also provided to individuals. The Department was also assigned the task to set up and implement a clinical research programme designed to improve the existing knowledge of health and disease of bustards in the wild and in captivity. Staff under direct training and supervision included two Veterinary Surgeons, three Veterinary Technicians and one Research Assistant.
1987 – 1993: Senior Veterinary Officer. Al-Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, Kingdom of Bahrain.
The duties of this position included the medical and husbandry care of a comprehensive collection of Arabian, African and Asian fauna including many endangered ungulates, small mammals and birds. The Veterinary department also managed the Sulman Falcon Hospital. This hospital received an average of 1500 falcons a year. Staff under direct supervision and training included two Veterinary Surgeons, four Veterinary Technicians and one Laboratory Technician.
1987 – 1993: Acting Park Manager. Al-Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, Kingdom of Bahrain.
Directly responsible for the Mammal, Bird, Veterinary, Forestry, Maintenance and Education departments. Duties included the routine day-to-day technical management, animal development activities and coordination of scientific research. There were also extensive conservation programmes with local, regional and international Institutions. Responsible for the design and implementation of a five-year master development programme for the Park. This included the construction of a visitor's centre, education department, veterinary facilities, mammal enclosures, aviaries, quarantine station, lakes and re-forestation areas. The position demanded overseeing of various sub-contracted operations and construction companies. Staff under direct supervision included six Heads of Sections and 72 Animal Keepers.
1988 – 1993: Amiri Arabian Stud (Locum) Rhoda Stables, East Rifah, Kingdom of Bahrain.
Locum work for a period of up to three months every year. General medical and husbandry management aspects of 300 Arabian pedigree horses.
1989 – 1993: Taxidermist/Set designer (part-time) Natural History Hall, National Museum of Bahrain. Ministry of Information, Kingdom of Bahrain.
Provided support in designing and creating desert theme exhibits for the Natural History Hall at the National Museum of Bahrain. Mounting of taxidermy specimens for the exhibits and preparing materials such as skins, bones and skulls for public awareness and teaching purposes.
1983 – 1987: Research Fellow. Gamete Biology Unit, Institute of Zoology, The Zoological Society of London, London, England, United Kingdom.
Research fellow conducting a PhD study on avian reproductive physiology using the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) as an experimental model and the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) as the applied model. The project was entitled: "Studies of male reproduction function, semen preservation and artificial insemination in the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) with some observations on birds of prey".
1981 – 1983: Research Fellow. The Veterinary Science Department, The Institute of Zoology, The Zoological Society of London, London, England, United Kingdom.
The research centred mainly on birds and reptiles and included different medical areas, animal husbandry and conservation.
1980 – 1981: Lecturer. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Husbandry, Morphology and Surgery Departments, Veracruz University, Veracruz, Mexico.
Part-time lecturer on descriptive and topographic anatomy and surgery of small and large animals.
Curator of the Museum. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Husbandry, Department of Morphology, Veracruz University, Veracruz, Mexico.
Responsible for the collection, preparation and display of teaching anatomical material from domesticated and free-living species and included: Preparation and mounting of skeletons, whole organ preparations, special tissue and organ dissections for display, tanning of skins, mounting of taxidermy specimens and resin-based angiological casts.
1978 – 1980: Centro Medico Veterinario. Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Central America.
Privately owned veterinary clinic. Work at the practice included medical services to dairy and beef cattle, pigs, racing horses, dogs, cats and exotic pets.