Evelyn Zurich 2019aI am a German livestock development specialist with a special interest in ecologically responsible approaches to agricultural and livestock development:

  • Ecologically responsible approaches to agricultural and livestock development
  • Indigenous knowledge and local resources, their documentation and application in communities and for development
  • Integrated livestock healthcare and production for smallholders and pastoralists
  • Ethnoveterinary medicine (traditional knowledge of animal production and health care)
  • Livestock and climate change
  • Gender issues relating to livestock
  • Participatory approaches.


  • MS in International Development Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
  • Certificate of Specialist in Tropical Veterinary Medicine (Fachtierarzt für tropische Veterinärmedizin), Veterinary Board, Hessen, Germany
  • Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine (Dr med vet, equivalent to PhD in USA), Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, West Germany
  • Research on swamp buffaloes at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • State Examination in Veterinary Medicine (equivalent to DVM degree in USA), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Giessen, West Germany


  • Writing and editing of information materials and publications
  • Field research and desk studies
  • Training and capacity building
  • Networking
  • Project evaluations
  • Organization of (multi-stakeholder) workshops, writeshops, conferences and side-events at international government meetings
  • Lobbying and giving presentations on indigenous knowledge, ethnoveterinary medicine, community-based animal health care and conservation of animal genetic resources, and rights of communities to their resources
  • Project development and administration, including finance administration.


  • Fluent in German and English
  • Satisfactory Indonesian and French
  • Some Thai


  • Long-term work experience (5 countries): Germany, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and the USA
  • Short-term experience (24 countries):
    • China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea
    • Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, UK
    • Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda
    • Brazil, Canada
  • German national

Work experience

Since 2015: Newsletter editor, researcher and administrator, Bundesverband Berufsschäfer (German Pastoral Farmers Association). 

Since 1996: Independent consultant


  • League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP)
  • Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS)
  • Intermediate Technology Development Group (UK and Kenya, now Practical Action)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Misereor
  • Vetaid Tanzania
  • University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • LID (now The IDLGroup)
  • Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) of Nuffic
  • German Church Development Service (EED)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
  • Germany NGO Forum Environment & Development (FUE)

1993-96: Co-ordinator of the Regional Program for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge in Asia (Reppika) at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Philippines

1993-96: Corresponding editor, Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor

1991: Research on traditional veterinary medicine of sheep and goats among farmers in West Java, Indonesia

1988-92: Research associate, Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

1989-92: Member, Editorial Board, CIKARD Newsletter, Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development, Iowa State University

1985-86: Volunteer, Yayasan Indonesia Hijau (environmental conservation project), Bogor, Indonesia

1981-85: Visiting lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service, Department of Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia

1978-79: Field research on feeding behaviour of goats in Tunisia

1977-78: Student assistant at the Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Giessen, Germany.


Oberly Award (honorable mention) for worldwide bibliography on ethnoveterinary medicine (with Constance McCorkle), 1991.

Professional associations

  • League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development: member (since 1997), treasurer and board member (January 2001-April 2011), network coordinator (2006-2010)
  • Alumni of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • German Veterinary Association
  • Global Indigenous Knowledge Network (to 2004, when the network ceased)
  • AGRECOL (member (since 1999), board member (2003-6)


Numerous articles, conference papers, extension manuals and literature reviews on ethnoveterinary medicine, appropriate livestock health care, indigenous knowledge, swamp buffaloes, goats. Click here for a full list.


Available on request.


I undertake short-term consultancy assignments (no longer than 4 weeks at a time). I will consider long-term work in Europe. For family reasons, I am not currently considering long-term employment overseas.

Consulting work is inherently uncertain: funding doesn't come through, projects are delayed, or a competitor may win the bid. Because of demand, I try to plan my work at least 9 months in advance. It is sometimes necessary to juggle dates to make things fit the calendar.

I am occasionally able to take on activities at short notice if a prior commitment falls through, or if it happens to fill a gap in my calendar.

Contact me to check on my current list of commitments. Email messages are forwarded to me while I'm away if I am somewhere with email access.


My consultancy rates are negotiable: they depend on the client (less for impoverished NGOs), location (less if I can work at home) and type and duration of the job. I can charge per day, or for a completed job (depending on the estimated amount of time the job will take). The client also pays any expenses (airfare, visas, hotel, per diem). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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