Dr Olatunji Nasir is the owner and CEO of the Truthmiles Animal Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos state, Nigeria. He is also Member Representative to the WSAVA for the Small Animal Veterinary Association of Nigeria (SAVAN) and is President Elect of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA)...
Could you summarize your career?
I started work as veterinarian following graduation from the University of Ibadan. I have always loved small animal medicine and it was this specialty I chose. I later undertook a Master’s program in small animal soft tissue surgery from which I graduated in 1997. In 2003, I became a member of the College of Veterinary Surgeons in Nigeria and, in 2004, I established my own practice, Truthmiles Animal Hospital. I am currently CEO and Medical Director. I have continued to develop my knowledge by attending clinical conferences all over the world and undertaking additional training, for instance, in ultrasonography. I am hoping to start a fellowship program in surgery at the College of Veterinary Surgeons.
What is your day job?
Day to day, I attend to clinical cases and perform surgery. I’m also heavily involved in client communication and the administration of the hospital and a second hospital we have recently opened in a different part of Lagos. I spend time daily working for the associations I am involved with. Meeting my obligations to them is very important to me.
You are WSAVA Member Representative for SAVAN. What does this involve?
As the country's liaison, I serve as a bridge between WSAVA and SAVAN, ensuring that all of SAVAN’s members are up to date with the WSAVA’s activities and benefit from its resources. I also represent Nigeria at the WSAVA assembly meetings.