Save the Date: Wildlife Conservation Symposium in Liège, Belgium

Check out this awesome event organised by our country reps Marianthi Léonidas Ioannidis & Anna Hillegonda Baauw in Belgium!

When: 17 & 18 November 2017

Where: Liège, Belgium

What: Wildlife Conservation Symposium – ‘turning science into practice’

wolfhoriz2More information can be found here:


New EWDA Student Board elected for 2017-2019

A big thank you to all our EWDA Student Chapter members for taking the time to cast your vote for the new board!

We are delighted to present to you the EWDA Student Board for 2017-2019:


Chair: Jessica Magenwirth, Germany

Workshop Coordinator: Eirini Kamenaki, Greece

Communications Officer: Rebecca D. Berg, Denmark

Past-Chair: Anne-Fleur Brand, The Netherlands


Application EWDA Student Chapter Board – Communications Officer

Rebecca D. Berg, DVM

Phd-Student, Dep. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCPH


Hi, my name is Rebecca Dorph Berg. I am a veterinarian and graduated from University of Copenhagen (UCPH) in July 2015. Currently I am working on my Phd on health and diseases in Greenland muskox populations, which is a collaboration between UCPH and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. I focus on infectious diseases (parasitology in particular), disease transmission in the livestock-wildlife interface and food safety. Furthermore, there will be some aspects of the effect of climate change and possible emerging diseases.

I became a member of the WDA and EWDA in 2015 during a NOVA summer course on Nordic Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. With the support of new friends who shared my passion for wildlife, and inspiration from the teachers on the wildlife course I realised, that working with wildlife is not a dead-end or an impossible goal. However, it will undoubtedly take a lot of hard work. Shortly after this, I started working on possible PhD-proposals in my free time.

My first direct contact to the EWDA was at the conference in august 2016. It was a fantastic experience and it further supported me in my belief, that this is the direction I want to go. It was extremely inspiring learning about areas of wildlife research I never had thought existed or was even possible.

In November the same year, I attended the Muskox Health Symposium in Calgary, Canada. Here, it once again stood clear to me how important interdisciplinary work, availability, contact and networking is for the field of Conservation Medicine/One Health/Planetary Health or whatever we want to call this interest and passion for turning the world into a greener and more diverse place.

I would love to be a greater part of the EWDA, and hereby help increasing the interest of, and focus on the extremely important and fascinating work wildlife professionals and students do within wildlife research. As a member of the EWDA-SC board, I will work towards increasing the outreach of the organisation towards students in Europe. As a board, we should make the website more user-friendly and in the end create opportunities for online learning session, webinars, lectures etc.

The upcoming student workshop on One Health should have wildlife as its central focus, and from there look at the One Health perspective. Many other organisations work with One Health, but have wildlife as a side notion, and often with a negative view of wildlife being nothing more than a reservoir for human disease. The WDA/EWDA’s focus on the value of wildlife, and how wildlife health interact with livestock, humans, and environment is what makes the organisation unique, and I believe that we should treasure that!

All the best,





Application EWDA Student Chapter Board – Workshop coordinator

 Eirini Kamenaki, Veterinarian


Dear members of the EWDA Student Chapter,

I am very happy to introduce myself as a new member of the board. I am Eirini Kamenaki, a recent graduate veterinarian. I come from Greece and I work for an animal shelter in the Netherlands. During my studies, I developed an intense interest in wildlife medicine and conservation. To gain more knowledge within this fascinating field, I have got proactively involved in various relevant activities and organisations. Namely I was one of the coordinators of the “Veterinary Students Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Team” of my faculty. I have also volunteered for a number of nongovernmental associations aiming to protect endangered species such as the sea turtle. Furthermore I have completed an externship in a veterinary hospital for exotic pets in Ireland. After my graduation I have worked for an animal sanctuary in rural Thailand and in a few veterinary clinics in Greece and the Netherlands. As a student I had learned about EDWA Student Chapter but I never got the chance to get involved. So I am now very excited to become part of the team and participate in the organisation of the next workshop. I hope my multicultural background will help making this workshop an educative, enriching and unforgettable experience for all participants. I believe it will be a great chance for everyone to nurture our passion for wildlife and expand our professional horizons.


Application EWDA Student Chapter Board – Chairperson

Jessica Magenwirth, Veterinarian MPH


Since graduating from veterinary school in Berlin in 2014 I have been living and working in North America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia, on topics ranging from Arctic bird health to great ape conservation, following my passion for a holistic approach to wildlife health and the health of our planet.

My first close interaction with the EWDA was in 2013, when I was fortunate to participate in the 5th EWDA Student Workshop in France – a fantastic experience and a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from both established wildlife professionals of various backgrounds and my fellow participants.

I recently received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, focusing on epidemiology, global environmental sustainability, and infectious diseases. With the help of this program I am hoping to be better positioned to understand the human drivers of global change, which I believe will benefit my impact on conservation and wildlife health programs and research in the future.

Following project work in Zambia and the DRC over the course of this year, focusing mostly on African wildlife and primates, I will return to Berlin to start my PhD at the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in the Department for Wildlife Diseases.

I would be excited to support the work of the EWDA Student Chapter for the next 2 years and to advocate for wildlife health within and beyond our community of (aspiring) wildlife health professionals. Having been part of the EWDA Student workshop a few years ago, contributing to an equally inspiring experience for next year’s participants is something I would greatly enjoy. I am also keen on increasing the EWDA’s engagement in international “call-for-action” days to increase the awareness of how wildlife health plays a role in numerous challenges.


Elections of new EWDA Student Board 2017-2019

Dear EWDA Student Chapter Members,

We need you, our Student Chapter Members, to elect the new EWDA Student Board!

We are pleased to announce the candidates for the vacant board positions. Please see below a short introduction of the candidates and a link to their application letter. Please send an email to with YES (to vote for the new EWDA Student Board) or NO (to vote against the new EWDA Student Board)! Voting deadline is Friday, September 1st!

We are looking forward to receiving your vote!

Your EWDA Student Board

1. Candidate – Chair

Name: Jessica Magenwirth


Country: Germany

Application letter

2. Candidate – Workshop Coordinator

Name: Eirini Kamenaki


Country: Greece

Application letter

3. Candidate – Communication Officer

Name: Rebecca Berg


Application letter


Report: Wildlife Disease Lecture Event in Vienna

On June 8th, another Wildlife Disease Lecture Event was organized in Vienna by:

  • Sinan Julian Keleş, EWDA Student Chapter Country Representative Austria
  • AVE, Akademikergruppe Veterinärmedizin

Please find the report by Julian Keleş below:

“Two weeks ago I attended the Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference in Berlin, Germany. On the welcome evening at the Berlin Aquarium, I spotted Dr.Thompson, whom I had met about two years ago on an IVSA (International Veterinary Students Association) Exchange at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He was at the Conference with seven of his vet-students and he told me about his plans for the next two weeks, taking ten total students to the vet schools in Brno (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary) including an International Symposium on Viral Diseases in Lower Vertebrates, getting them as much exotic pet, zoo, and conservation experience as possible.
Lucky us, we were able to also get him as a speaker for an EWDA lecture event on their last day in Vienna.

On short notice, we still organized a „seminar-room“ thanks to the Viennese University Clinic for poulty and fish medicine.
Snacks were sponsored by Dr. Thompson and drinks by AVE and we had a successful Wildlife Disease Lecture Event with about 25 national and international vet and wildlife ecology students and included several researchers from our faculty.

We started the event with a short presentation on the Wildlife Disease Association, EWDA and the student chapters.


His topic was Veterinary Roles and Research in Conservation and Wildlife Medicine and he covered a wide range of wildlife aspects during 120 minutes. He began with how tax donations, banquet and stamp fundraising efforts, and ammunition and gun sales contribute to Conservation funding in the USA and North America.
Dr.Thompson shared information on a bovine tuberculosis concern in Michigan’s free ranging white tail deer in hunting areas close to Lake Huron, part of a poster abstract he also presented at the Berlin meeting.

He gave us great insight into one of his early projects with peregrine falcons when he was still a veterinary student at The Ohio State University. These falcon population declined in numbers due to being at the top of the food chain while a pesticide called „dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane = DDT“, was being used. High concentrations of a DDT metabolite prevented normal calcium production causing thin eggshells that would easily break under the parent’s weight during incubation. Urban falcon programs involved hacking out young on the top of city skyscrapers where they would learn to prey on city pigeons.


He also introduced us to Purdue projects working with sea otters and river otters, including immobilization, capture, transport and different procedures and difficulties that had to be overcome and dealt with in order to collect data and to successfully reintroduce more than 300 individuals back into Indiana rivers.

His final interesting topic was the capture, handling and radio tracking of timber rattlesnakes expanding on his veterinary presentation from Berlin and his upcoming publication in the July edition of Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

vien5As a country representative I am very happy that we could get Dr. Steve Thompson as a speaker about Veterinary Roles and Research in Conservation and Wildlife Medicine for our latest Wildlife Disease Lecture Event in Vienna.
It is impressive to see how a small animal clinician can contribute to saving species in the wild. Thanks for your talk Dr.T!”


Dr. Steve Thompson, DVM, DABVP (certified in canine and feline practice) is a clinical associate professor at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is head of the Pet Wellness initiative at Purdue, where he sees primary care dog, cat and exotic pet cases daily in addition to referral cases needing exotic pet, zoo or wildlife care, small animal dentistry and dog breeder genetic improvement. He served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force that published the Canine Life Stage Guidelines in 2012 and was the chairperson and host for the Primary Care Veterinary Educators inaugural World Symposium in 2013. He has presented Feline, Canine and Exotic/Wildlife topics internationally in the Czech Republic, Austria, Japan and Canada as well as at this summer’s Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference in Berlin, Germany.  

He is involved with several conservation organizations and provided veterinary care in wildlife cooperatives with the Ohio and Indiana Departments of Natural Resources and US Fish & Wildlife related to Peregrine Falcons, Whooping Cranes, River Otters, Allegheny Wood Rats, Hellbenders and Timber Rattlesnakes.