Qais Al Rawahi

Assistant Professor - Veterinary Anatomy/Animal Sciences - College of Applied and Health Sciences

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Name: Qais Al Rawahi
Job Title: Assistant Professor - Veterinary Anatomy/Animal Sciences
College: College of Applied and Health Sciences
Email: qais.alrawahi@asu.edu.om
Phone: 25401081 Ext. 1081
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Well-qualified conservationist/Veterinarian offering strong knowledge of native species conservation and invasive species management. Offering 17 years of expertise leveraging animal health, wildlife reserve management tools to meet conservation objectives. Excellent history of implementing new veterinary services and techniques.

A veterinarian specializing in animals health and wildlife conservation. I worked in various governmental agencies, where I worked in animal health research and had contributions in national projects to monitoring and control animal diseases and zoonosis. I participated in the national project to monitor and control avian influenza and Glanders disease. I also worked on projects for genetic and phenotypic evaluation of herds of captive animals such as Gazelles and Arabian oryx.

Aug 2014 - Jun 2019 PhD: 

Veterinary Science, Population GeneticsThe University Of Sydney - Sydney, Australia

This study uses two population genetics and two veterinary approaches that influence the success of captive Arabian oryx management. Appropriate and lots of data were collected to address the aims. The data well organized and taken steps to provide useful insights for conservation of Arabian oryx. Results will no doubt be useful for improving the management of captive oryx.

Dec 2008 -Jan 2010

Master of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Surveillance

Disease is a significant factor limiting the productivity of livestock and affecting human and animal health in both developed and developing nations. New, emerging and re-emerging diseases of animals can have a considerable effect on a country's economy, as well as impacting directly on the lives of the community, farmers and their families. In this course I obtained the skills essential to minimize disease incursions, monitor the presence of diseases and design and evaluate control measures to restrict disease impact.

Sep 1998 - Jun 2004

Veterinary Medicine And Animal Wealth Resources

Be able as a veterinarian, to diagnose and treat diseases of animals, and to care for their health and welfare. Develop knowledge and skills that I can use to help the clients and their animals. Extend my experience with all species of animals by completing placements with animal shelters, the Zoo and a wide range of farms and veterinary practices, both in Saudi Arabia and internationally. Veterinary structure and function, Principles of surgery, anesthesia and diagnostic imaging Processes in animal disease, Health and management of production animals Avian, wildlife and exotic pet medicine.


Genetic Breeding.Population genetics and genomics espacially wildlife.Using gentics tools in animal health diganosis and treatment.  Morphoical and genetic description of wildlife in Oman.

Journal paper






 Rescued back from extinction in the wild: past, present and future of the genetics of the Arabian oryx in Oman. 

DOI/URL: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=3472073495878057937&btnI=1&hl=en






 Postmortem Findings in Captive Sand Gazelle and Arabian Oryx at Al-Wusta Wildlife Reserve, Oman

The study followed the guidelines of research permit approved by The Animal Welfare Committee of the Animal Health Research Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Oman (358/2014).
The WWR is enclosed by two meters high chain-link perimeter fence. It covers 2,824 km2 tract of open, sparselyvegetated limestone desert including part of the Al-Huqf escarpment to the east. Today, the field headquarters of WWR has four captive enclosures (Maha1, Maha2, Maha3 and Maha4) for the Arabian oryx (718 individuals) and two captive enclosures (Reem1 and Reem2) for sand gazelles (1150 individuals). The enclosure (each 1km2, is connected with corridors through where an animal can be moved and rotated in any of the enclosures) has well-established tree covering such as ghaf (Prosopis cineraria), samr (Acacia tortilis) and salm (Acacia ehrenberginia). The holding pens are provided with additional man-made shading. The gazelles are fed with a mixture of different pelleted feeds. In addition, they receive fresh lucerne (Medicago sativa) and grass hay (Medicago sativa) ad libitum. A mineral lick (calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium) is available in every enclosure. For drinking, subterranean water drawn by a pump is supplied ad libitum. Reserve has a team of veterinarians, biologists, researchers and other non-technical support staff. Identification and treatment of sick animals are the routine

DOI/URL: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=13933414913816640493&btnI=1&hl=en






  A sand gazelle project launched in Al Wusta wildlife reserve, Oman,

INTRODUCTION Historically the Arabian sand gazelle Gazella subgutturosa marica, ranged the open sand habitats of the Arabian Peninsula through Iraq, Jordan, Syria and into southern Turkey (Mallon & Kingswood 2001 in Wacher et al. 2010). In Oman the species inhabited the open sands of the Empty Quarter Desert, Eastern Sands/Wahiba Sands and marginally the gravel desert of central Oman. A survey by the Saudi Wildlife Commission in 1990 reported that sand gazelles were found in the border area of Ghanim in the Omani side, with sizeable herds ranging across 30 kms of the border. In 2000 when Massolo et al.(2008) carried out a two days survey (line transect by car) in the central sand desert of Oman, only 44 gazelles were sighted and 34 were tracked, totaling 78 gazelles (estimated density 1.26 ind./sqkm).

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Spatio-temporal pattern of sylvatic rabies in the Sultanate of Oman, 2006–2010, Spatio-temporal pattern of sylvatic rabies in the Sultanate of Oman, 2006–2010

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Sero-survey of equine infectious anemia in the Sultanate of Oman during 2007-2009

The equine infectious anemia (EIA) is a potentially fatal and relapsing blood borne ailment of family Equidae (Higgins and Wright, 1998; Radostits et al., 2007). It is caused by EIA virus of subfamily Lentiviridae of Retroviridae family which is a close relative of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)(Montaginer et al., 1984; Nakajima and Sugiura, 1994). EIA in equines may present itself in three clinical entities viz., acute, chronic and inapparent infection. Acute form is usually fatal and affected animal may dies within 2-3 weeks. In recovered animals, EIA virus persists for rest of the life and affected equine may suffer from chronic relapsing disease (swamper) or become an in-apparent carrier (Clabough et al., 1991). The in-apparent carriers are major cause of spread and maintenance of EIA and are usually detected by the serological testing through ELISA and AGID (Issel et al., 1990). In nature the spread of virus is most likely via interrupted feeding of blood sucking horse flies. However, accidental transmission through transfer of blood from an infected horse and use of contaminated needles may spread the disease to healthy equines (Cordes and Issel, 1996). To date, no effective treatment or vaccine is available concerning EIA and stringent implementation of ‘test and destroy’policy is the most recommended control method (OIE, 2004). The serological diagnosis of EIA remained a challenge until AGID test was developed by Coggins and co workers (1972). Although, positive AGID test results are reliable and verifies the presence of EIA, it has its own limitations. It has been reported that horses acquiring the EIA for the first time and in early stage of

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  Malignant lymphoma in calves of local Omani cattle in an organized dairy farm, Malignant lymphoma in calves of local Omani cattle in an organized dairy farm

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  Detection of rabies virus in brain tissue by one-step reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Indian Journal of Veterinary Pathology.

DOI/URL: https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/20133063030

Conference paper





Health Assessment of Arabian Oryx at AL Wusta Wildlife Reserve as revealed by Weight, Skin Lesion, Blood Parasites and External Parasites.

Dr. Qais Al Rawahi, Veterinary Medicine PhD, A’Sharqiyah University, Ibra, Oman 

Dr. Jaime Gongora, The University of Sydney, School of Veterinary Science, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia









Population genetics and health assessment of the Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) at the Al-Wusta Wildlife Reserve in Oman. 

DOI/URL: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=9122503947253885763&btnI=1&hl=en

- The National committee for Control and management the Invasive species.
1- Monitoring and Protecting Endangered Animals in the Omani Wildlife Reserves Using the Technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution. 2- Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of Cape Hare (Lepus capensis) in Oman. 3- The National Genetic Bank of Wildlife in Oman. 4- Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of Myna bird in Oman.