I am delighted to be one of the UK’s three representatives of the student branch of the European Wildlife Disease Association.
I am a veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London but hail from the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.
My greatest area of interest is the epidemiology and control of zoonotic and sylvatic diseases that affect wildlife, livestock and humans. I believe that without remembering we are all animals that share this planet with many other species, we ourselves will never be healthy. I work with the UK student group ‘Students for Global Health’ on this topic, being one of very few vets that are involved in this area of global health.
Predictably I have wanted to be a wildlife vet working in conservation since a very early age. I aim to highlight to people the importance of working for animal health in order to achieve global human health; because only then can we guarantee the safety and health of the wildlife that we seek to protect.
As a UK student representative, I will seek to create greater engagement with wildlife disease across more disciplines and to triumph the importance of taking a One Health approach to achieving both wildlife health, conservation of endangered species and global public health. I also hope to further involve the UK’s student wildlife disease enthusiasts with national and international projects, enhancing the cross-channel community that is threatened by the current political climate.
I am looking forward to meeting you all.