MEET THE COUNTRY DIRECTOR – DR GHAZI MUSTAFA
Dr Ghazi Mustafa is our country director in Jordan. He has worked for SPANA for 20 years and studied to be a vet in Syria.
What is it like working for SPANA in Jordan?
After I left the army I joined SPANA Jordan in 1995, and I have learned so much about animals. I have really enjoyed helping all kinds of different animals. I never wanted to feel that I have been unable to help an animal so I have dedicated my life, day and night, to helping them. Animals in Jordan suffer from a variety of different problems; many are sick due to their owners’ ignorance of proper care. Educating owners and the younger generation is the key to changing the future for animals in Jordan to ensure they are treated with kindness and are well looked after.
What is the best part about your job?
I have treated many different kinds of animals and, as a vet, I feel so happy when I see animals recovering after an operation. If an animal requires surgery then it is because they have really got to the stage where they are very sick. When they recover I feel incredibly satisfied and happy. Without SPANA providing all the facilities and the medicine then it would be impossible for us to help these animals.
What has been a memorable experience while working for SPANA?
Years ago, as I would leave my house to go to work, my children would notice me going. One day my oldest child, my daughter, decided she would like to join me. After that she wanted to come back every day to help the animals. When she was younger she had always said that she wanted to be a dentist, but the effect of seeing these animals in need meant that after she finished school she actually decided to become a vet. I’m so happy that the younger generations are moving into careers that improve animal welfare and I hope that my daughter will continue to help animals for many years to come.
What is your favourite thing about Jordan?
The Jordanian desert is incredibly beautiful. You have to see it to believe it as it’s like another planet. In the summer the night sky looks amazing. If you are very lucky you will be able to see so many wonderful creatures in the desert, including the camels that SPANA helps to treat.
There are many animals that migrate over Jordan to Africa so we get to see them during the year as well. Of course I have to mention our ancient cities such as the one at Petra; it is a World Heritage Site that is a very important part of human history and culture.’