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Dr. Catalina Cabrera Wins Presidential Volunteer Award

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Dr. Catalina Cabrera works with Nepalese officials to improve food safety and production in Nepal.

June 26, 2015 - Dr. Catalina Cabrera, a staff veterinarian in the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service was recently presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor for her volunteer work. As one of only 73 volunteers nationwide to receive the award, Dr. Cabrera was recognized for her more than 70 hours of service on international assignments in Nepal, demonstrating how local citizens can make a worldwide impact.

During her time in Nepal, Dr. Cabrera trained young faculty, scientists and officers from various agencies and institutions in regards to infertility management in cattle to improve food safety and sustainable food animal production. She visited Nepal in August 2014. Sadly, those efforts are now on hold while all of Nepal struggles in the difficult aftermath of a massive earthquake, and USAID and volunteers work on assisting its communities. 

Established in 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to the nation. The Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

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