I am glad to introduce myself as the current Workshop Coordinator of the 2017-2019 EWDA Student Chapter board. I am a third-year veterinary student in Vetagro Sup Lyon (one of the four French National Veterinary Schools) and I have been the French EWDA student country representative since April 2017.
As I explained it when I became a country representative, since I was able to talk, I have always wanted to be a veterinarian and especially a wildlife vet. Whether it is wildlife research, medicine, conservation or management, I am really concerned about this field.
It was during my first year of vet school, without any clinical experience (apart from a few internships), that I started to get involved in wildlife throughout conferences and international meetings. There, I met many interesting and passionate people. From a small scale congress, in spring 2016, in the National Veterinary School of Nantes (France) to the 12th EWDA congress, in summer of the same year, in Berlin, I’ve discovered a world full of great clinicians and researchers. In September 2016, I went to the GEEFSM congress in the Pyrenees (France) dealing with mountain wildlife. Again, it was full of new encounters and updates about wildlife.
Meeting the wildlife specialists and students helped me a lot to do some fascinating wildlife experiences.
In November 2016, I went a few days in the Aoste Valley, in Italy, to work on the wildlife health management of local cervid populations. With veterinary researchers working in collaboration with hunters and rangers, we got and analysed some samples in order to detect Brucellosis, Tuberculosis and other important diseases in those populations. This research work realized every year during the hunting season reveals the region’s wildlife health status.
In spring 2017, I went on a wildlife capture course in the Tapada Nacional de Mafra Park in Portugal, where I got a better insight into anaesthesia of wild boars and cervids.
Finally I recently did internships in an Ornithological Reserve in southern France and in Amsterdam Artis Zoo. There I discovered lots of species and different ways to approach Wildlife.
Also, in Vetagro Sup, I had been for one year (2016-2017) the communication officer of an optional course entitled “Biology of wildlife population”. Managed by a French wildlife researcher and epidemiologist teacher of our school, it allows us to get many conferences about the topic. In this position, I could promote and broaden the EWDA Student Chapter network in my school towards a target public made of interested and motivated students.
I feel that the EWDA Student Chapter is a powerful and wonderful international and multidisciplinary network for every student who wants to work in the Wildlife field. That is why, with the board, we are really willing to organise a memorable 2019 EWDA SC Workshop focusing on the Wildlife and Human interface; how should we deal with conflicts and how should we manage the co-existence of those 2 groups on Planet earth ?
Of course, there will be great talks from wildlife specialists as well as some excursions and social events. However, this year, we are trying to involve as much as possible your skills by making you work in small teams on interdisciplinary concrete wildlife issues for which you will try to find some solutions.
Best wishes to all the wildlife fans, and see you in France for the 2019 Symposium and Workshop!”