Field Course: Interventions in Wild Animal Health
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Field Course: Interventions in Wild Animal Health

The field course is run in collaboration with ZSL, University of Edinburgh and Wildlife Institute of India and aims to provide practical skills to qualified vets in disciplines including Wildlife disease investigation, Wildlife forensics, Population monitoring and Immobilisation and capture. The course is run in India and focus is on wild animals. See for more details.

03/02/2018 to 22/02/2018
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Where: Sariska National Park
Sariska, Alwar 
Contact: Alexandra Thomas

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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and The University of Edinburgh have been motivated to run the Interventions in Wild Animal Health Field course in recognition of the need conserve globally important biodiversity in South Asia and other biodiverse areas, which are also a hotspot for wildlife diseases and conflict. These wildlife diseases are relatively unstudied and unchecked, therefore an important need for greater expertise in, and greater numbers of, wildlife health professionals to tackle them. Such wildlife health professionals are needed to undertake interventions in the health, welfare and conservation of wild animals, to investigate emerging infectious diseases and to ensure human well-being.

The course will run for 3 weeks in February based at Sariska Tiger Reserve, India. Tuition will be carried in the field to develop skills in human-livestock-wildlife conflict management, translocation techniques, disease outbreak investigation, forensic investigation and monitoring of the health of declining species. It include techniques for field monitoring of wildlife (using a range of techniques including animal tracks and signs, dung/pellet identification and quantification, census techniques, camera trapping, and radio telemetry biological management, visual health monitoring of free-living animals, best practice in wild animal anaesthesia techniques, demonstration and hands-on practice, clinical examination in the field, sampling techniques for infectious disease screening, pathological examination in the field, and disease surveillance scenarios. 


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