Y. Baby Kaurivi
MVet, BVSc, BSc
Dr. Yolande Baby Kaurivi is a veterinary lecturer at the University of Namibia mainly for animal health, reproduction, welfare and ethology. She obtained a BSc. Biology degree (University of Namibia), a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (University of Zimbabwe) and a Masters of Veterinary Studies (Sydney University, Australia). She is currently a full-time Ph.D. Veterinary Student at Massey University, New Zealand, where she is researching the effect of animal welfare on the reproductive performance of beef cattle in New Zealand and Namibia.
Before the commencement of her Ph.D. studies, Baby has been a focal person for Animal Welfare in Namibia, a focal person for Animal Disease Notification for Namibia and the country’s Assessor for Artificial Inseminators, Semen and Embryo Collectors and the National Livestock Policy Focal Person. She has been advocating for good animal welfare and health-related issues in her home country since she qualified as a veterinarian in 2004, notably through her then weekly newspaper column “Dr. Baby The Village Vet” (www.thevillager.com.na) and through local radio programs and at farmers organized events.
Baby was awarded a national “Recognition Award for Women in Agriculture and Food Security’ for contributing towards the development of the Agricultural Industry in Namibia in 2014. Recently, she was featured as one of 20 influential and leading women in Namibia in a book “Follow her Lead”.