Piush Khanal

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I am a veterinarian from Nepal. After completing Bachelor in Animal Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2011, I worked as instructor at vocational training center and project coordinator at livestock value chain project funded by Heifer International Nepal. My interest on breeding and genetics of animals augmented while training the people about the selection and breeding strategies of farm animals. I realized that acquiring an in-depth knowledge in genomics, animal breeding and genetics and utilization of these knowledge are mandatory to enrich the animal husbandry sector. So, I pursued masters at Tennessee State University with focus on breeding and genetics of goat under supervision of Dr. Richard Browning. At masters’ degree I have executed the projects entitled “The influence of crossbreeding and non-genetic factors on doe fitness traits of different breeds of meat goat in Southern United States” and “The effect of breed, weaning weight ratio and weaning type on doeling development of meat goat in Southern United States”. The continuation of my pursuit, I joined the department of animal science at NC State University. Currently, I am working with Dr. Nick Serão with focus on quantitative genetics for my PhD from fall 2016. Now I am looking the fescue toxicity tolerance of angus cattle.