The Student Chapter board is organising the student-mentor-mixer evening, taking place on the 30th August from 18 to 21pm. This is an informal event, to provide students a chance to meet and chat with EWDA professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and to meet fellow students from around Europe and beyond.

Mentors invited are familiar with previous similar sessions and with tutoring students, and they accepted our invitation promptly.

There will be 6 tables, each with a particular research field and 1 to 3 mentors. Accordingly, 6 rounds of approx. 20 minutes will take place and the idea is that students change table each round and get the chance to talk to all mentors. Drinks and snacks will be available at the beginning of the sessions and between rounds.

The approximate schedule will be as follows:

18-18.20 Welcome, drinks & snacks

18.20-18.30 Introduction by EWDA student board

18.30-18.50 Round 1

18.50-19.10 Round 2

19.10-19.30 Round 3

19.30-19.50 Round 4

19.50-20.10 Round 5

20.10-20.30 Round 6

20.30-21 Leisure time


Table 1: Wildlife pathology

Victor Simpson (Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Cornwall)

Daniel Martineau (Faculty Veterinary Medicine, Montreal)

Table 2: Disease surveillance

Antonio Lavazza (IZLER, Brescia)

Marco Ignasi (UAB, Barcelona)

Table 3: Virology

Alex Greenwood (IZW, Berlin)

Carlos das Neves (Norwegian Vet Institute, Oslo)

Steven van Beurden (University of Utrecht) – Supervisor of student activities in the EWDA Board

Table 4: One Health approach

Christian Gortázar (SaBio IREC, Ciudad Real)

Lisa Yon (University of Nottingham)

Table 5: Wildlife rehabilitation

Elvira Schenck (Freies Institut fur Wildtierschutz, Wisen)

Table 6: Disease outbreaks

Aleksija Neimanis (SVA, Uppsala)

Thijs Kuiken (EMC, Rotterdam)


Please find additional information on the Conference, including conference booklet, on

We look forward to meeting you there!

EWDA_Conference_Berlin-75eba611The EWDA SC Board,

Anne-Fleur Brand, Sofia Mlala, Miguel Veiga and Catharina Vendl

The EWDA Student Chapter is pleased to announce that the UK Country Representatives will be hosting their first symposium. This one-day symposium will take place in London on October 29th 2016.


Information about the speaker line up will follow soon as well as details on discussion topics, timings, food, how to sign up and get involved!!


We are very proud to announce that our very own EWDA Student Board Advisor, Catharina Vendl was elected as the new Student Representative on the WDA Council! It is for the first time in years that a European student takes this position. With over 3 years of EWDA Student Board experience and a current PhD position is Australia, you are the right person for this position.

We are confident that you will do a great job representing the interests of all student members and can contribute to connect WDA Student Chapters worldwide.

Congratulations Cath!


The 12th European Wildlife Disease Association Conference, organized by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research will take place from 27th-31st August 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The conference is themed “Wildlife health and conservation challenges in a changing world”.

On Friday, August 26, there is also the EWDA Network meeting in Berlin.

On Tuesday, August 30th, a Student-Mentor Night is organised. This will be an informal mixer to provide you a chance to

1) meet and chat with EWDA professionals from all sorts of backgrounds and

2) to meet fellow students from around Europe and the world! 

The Scientific Committee awards a small number of Travel Grants to European wildlife scientists. The deadline is June 15th, 2016. Click here for more information about the Travel Grant.

Please find more information such as the preliminary conference schedule and registration here

We hope to see you there!

The EWDA Student Board

Dear EWDA Student Chapter members,


The WDA and the European section, the EWDA, have been supporting our Student Chapter for years, both by making students feel a part of the organisation and by developing their careers in the field of wildlife disease. It was recently announced that a formal and clear relationship between each WDA section, and the Student Chapter in that Section has to be established.

Therefore, in order for a Student Chapter to say that it is a member of a Section of the WDA, all the student members must be paying members of the WDA. This will be the case for the EWDA Student Chapter as much as for all the other Student Chapters.

As a student member of the WDA, you will automatically be a member of the EWDA Student Chapter if your current address is in Europe. You can register at the WDA website.

Student Chapter members have exclusive access to:

  • Online content via the WDA website, including live scientific presentations, instructional webinars (e.g. publishing science, media training, grant-writing)
  • Conference sessions at the biennial international conference
  • Active in-person and online networking events
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Membership for your student chapter
  • Application for small grants for the organisation of local events
  • Student awards
  • Journal of Wildlife Diseases subscription, digital and print
  • Career mentorship from members
  • Exclusive emails with job board, including scholarships, internships & PhD positions


These changes will gradually become effective within the next month (although this might be subject to delays) starting with making our webpage exclusive for members only.

We will keep you updated with any relevant developments.

Please email us ( if you have any questions about this and we will try our best to answer your query. Also, please note that the EWDA student chapter is run by volunteers who carry out this role in their own free time so bear in mind we might sometimes not reply as promptly as we wish.

Kind regards,

Andreia Correia da Costa

On behalf of EWDA student chapter board

Unfortunately our previous country rep, Jessica Bodgener, had to step out of her role. She has done an incredible job promoting wildlife health and the EWDA student chapter; she even started a Facebook group – the EWDA Student Chapter UK. She is still actively involved in wildlife health and keeps promoting the Student Chapter whenever she gets a chance. We want to thank her for all her dedication an wish her all the best in her next adventure!

However we got two brand new country reps for England! I am sure they will keep on doing a brilliant job! Meet Stuart Patterson and Harriet Cock:

Stuart Patterson:

Hi, my name is Stuart, and I am one of the EWDA Student reps for the UK. After travelling to France for the EWDA Student workshop in 2015, I decided that this organisation probably best fitted my interests, and so I was keen to get involved. I’m currently dividing my time between London, and field work in South Africa. As I write, the Meerkat population that we study here has been reduced by around 50% over the last few months (known study population, as opposed to total population, but still remarkable), and the local bat-eared fox population has suffered terrible losses over the last year. The former is likely to be due to drought, directly, or compounding other problems, and the latter is almost certainly associated with an outbreak of rabies. These two examples though highlight that wild populations can fluctuate greatly and that disease can be an important component. Going forward I hope to look at how control of wildlife disease can and should play in conservation.

I trained as a vet in the UK, and spent five years working in farm animal practice. I returned to college in 2012 completing masters degrees in Veterinary Epidemiology and Veterinary Conservation Medicine. I am now a PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College looking at targeted interventions for wildlife disease control, and whether these offer a practical tool that may be more easily applied than more general strategies. I have been an EWDA member since 2012.


Harriet Cock:

Hi everyone! My name is Harriet and am currently in my fourth year, studying Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol. Although i enjoy companion animal medicine, my main interest lies with Wildlife and Conservation Medicine, and i hope to work in this field in the future.
I have completed many placements both at home in the UK and abroad relating to wildlife, conservation and exotics veterinary work. Seeing practice and working alongside vets at Bristol Zoo and Chessington Zoo has been really insightful and allowed me to work with a wide variety of animals. I have also enjoyed placements at referral exotics veterinary practices and wild animal rescue centres where I learnt so much by being hands on. In addition to EMS placements i currently volunteer in the hospital room at Secret World Rescue where they take in injured or orphaned wildlife and release them once rehabilitated. Attending conferences such as the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Symposium, Bristol Zoo Conservation talks, One Health Conference, and many University Veterinary and Zoological Society symposiums has allowed me to further both my knowledge and interest in related topics.
I have been lucky enough to have travelled to countries such as Cambodia, Namibia and South Africa where i fell in love with the diversity of wildlife and the potential for veterinary conservation work.
Last year i was the Vice President of the Bristol Veterinary and Zoological Society, being very involved in setting up talks and trips. By being a UK rep, i’d like to increase the awareness of the EWDA to other vet and biology students and invite speakers to tell current students about the opportunities available in wildlife work and research.


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Hello everyone! My name’s Adrianna and I’m nearly a graduated vet student from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science in Poland. During my studies I received an ERASMUS Programme scholarship and for one year I had a possibility to study at the University of Córdoba in Andalusia in Spain. It was a wonderful experience. I was a member of the board of AVAFES Córdoba, the student association devoted to wild and exotic animals, that later inspired me to create similar organization at my own Faculty. After I came back to Poland, me and some friends set up the first student association for exotic animal medicine – SKN “Mephitis”. Through this organization we try to improve the knowledge about exotic animal medicine among Polish vet students and raise their awareness about wildlife conservation.


Since an early age I was interested in nature and wild animals. I’ve always known I wanted to become a veterinarian and have my part in wildlife conservation. Once I was admitted to the University I could put my passion into effect and thus I try to become better and better in the field of exotic animal medicine. While training myself in small animal veterinary medicine, simultaneously I’ve been an intern at the Clinic of Bird and Exotic Animals at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. I was a successful applicant for EMS Placement at Veterinary Department of ZSL London Zoo where I could improve my knowledge precisely about zoo animals. Apart from many clinical work I intend to do, I had an opportunity to make one of my dreams come true. I did an externship at Borneo Island where between professional duties I could experience the real beauty of nature. Recently, I’ve been interested in hematology and cytology of the small animals, but my intention is to investigate this issue in exotic animals, especially in birds. I hope one day Polish people will become more conscious about the wildlife and environment. I’m very happy to become the country representative, because maybe thanks to my friend’s and my own doings we might accelerate this process a little bit.


Regards from Poland to everyone!



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