My background: I am currently finishing my 4th year of veterinary school in France (The degree takes 5 years in France.). Next year, I plan on starting a two-year long masters’ degree to become a veterinay officer. I am interested in the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases and their management in developing countries, including socio-economic aspects.
Previous experience with the EWDA Student Chapter : I have been a member of the EWDA Student Chapter for 2 years. This year I had the opportunity to participate in the 6th EWDA Student Workshop in Annecy (France). It was a very enriching experience on various aspects. I met lots of very interesting people and gained a lot of knowledge about wildlife health and human drivers of disease spread. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to experience it again from the other side. I wish to make the most of organising the next workshop and I am sure I will be able to benefit a lot from it.
My ideas for the next workshop : If I become part of the EWDA Student Board, I wish to highlight new aspects of wildlife diseases during the next workshop. This year, we saw very interesting issues being addressed. I plan on continuing to trigger reflections and lively debates. I wish to orientate reflections on actions that are currently taken throughout the world to help monitoring and managing wildlife diseases and their transmission to humans and domestic animals. I would also like to put a focus on the notion of «Eco Health» that appeared recently and has a lot of overlap with the well known «One Health» concept. Unlike the latter, it tackles issues from the bottom to the top and its focus starts in the field. This approach assigns a central role to the actors of wild and domestic animal related activities.