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Introducing Denmark’s new country rep!

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Hi everyone,

My name is Rebecca Berg. I have a degree in veterinary medicine from University of Copenhagen in 2015. I have dreamed of working with wildlife for as long as I can remember, but unfortunately I never really, truly believed, that it could come true as a veterinarian working on wildlife issues.

My first attempt of getting wildlife into my studies was during my bachelor thesis, where I wrote about Arctic rabies in Greenland, mainly in arctic fox. Though, it was not until I did a NOVA course on Nordic Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the end of my studies that I started believing in a future in wildlife medicine. At the course I met wildlife professionals who had pursued their dream – and succeeded! During this course I joined the WDA and learned about the EWDA. 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! It will, though undoubtedly take a lot of hard work. Shortly after this, I started working on possible PhD-proposals in my spare time. I have a close connection to Greenland, and have worked as an assistant on various field trips, both marine and terrestrial, during my summer holidays. Therefore, it was no surprise that my project plans reached towards the North. After a lot of sleepless nights working on my application I succeeded in obtaining a 3-year PhD-grant, starting in February 2017. My PhD is on health and diseases in muskox populations in Greenland. Infectious diseases (parasitology in particular), disease transmission in the livestock-wildlife interface and food safety will be the main topics in my project. Furthermore there will be some aspects of the effect of climate change and possible emerging diseases.

My first direct contact to the EWDA was at the conference in august this year (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 this year I attended the Muskox Health Symposium in Calgary, Canada, where it once again stood clear to me how important interdisciplinary work, availability, contact and networking is for the field of One Health/Planetary Health/Conservation Medicine or whatever we want to call this interest and passion for turning the world into a greener and more diverse place.

It was a great honour being offered the role as country rep. for the EWDA student chapter in Denmark, and I am really looking forward to spread the word of the EWDA, increasing the contact between students from different areas as well as bringing teachers, scientist and students with interest in wildlife conservation together. Hopefully this can help other students learn about their options regarding future work with wildlife, internships, externships, residencies etc., at a much earlier state in their studies than I did.

I am really excited about this new chapter in my life, and I am looking forward to gaining a lot of new knowledge, new experiences and new friendships.

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Introduction of new country rep: France

Please welcome our new French EWDA student country rep:

Cindy Braud: c.braud_11<at>envt.fr

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Hi, I am Cindy and I am a final year veterinary student from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT) in France. I have always had a passion for wildlife and especially for wildlife conservation. During the previous years, I conducted several externships ; firstly in Johannesburg Zoo where I had the opportunity to be involved in all clinical diagnostics and treatments. Then, I realised another one in the Avian and Exotic Animal Center in Miami, Florida where I improved my knowledges on exotic animals and especially on birds. After a 4-months clinical rotation in a large animal hospital in Brazil, I had the chance to gain some knowledges about jaguar conservation by following on the field, veterinarians and biologists from ICMBio. Now, while continuing my research thesis about Schmallenberg virus in zoo ruminants, I am a also taking part in a research on the transmission of a Borrelia-like virus from wildlife to humans and domestic animals in Brazil.

For 2 years, I have been the president of the student wildlife assocation, Yaboumba Junior Toulouse where I tried with my partners to share information with other students about exotic and wildlife medicine and conservation management. Exchanging knowledges and raising counciousness of students and large public has always been my major concern and I hope to be able to carry on as a larger scale now.

Since 2015, I am also a member of EAZWV and I took part to the last EAZWV student workshop where I had the pleasure to attend fantastic conferences, gain more knowledges, and share skills and advices with fantastic people. I was introduced to EWDA during this workshop and to the possibility to be a country student representative. With this position, I would like to develop an interdisciplinary network between professionals from different fields in France but also in all over Europe. The first event will take place in January 2016 where an interdisciplinary student symposium will be held in Toulouse about biodiversity. Based on the « One Health » concept, this project reflects my will to show to students and people the importance of wildlife conservation and environmental protection for wild animals but also for humans and domestic animals health.

Kind regards,

Cindy Braud

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Activity report: Belgium

Activity report of our Belgian country reps

Amaury and Samuel have been quite busy lately spreading the word about the EWDA and wildlife disease medicine and research at their vet school in Liège, Belgium.

Check our their new Facebook page!

Read more about EWDA related their activities:

Here is our report activity since we have been elected as country representatives :

  • We are establishing contacts with professors at our faculty, who gave us a number of national and international lecturers regarding future meetings.

 

  • We are currently discussing the possibilities to organise conferences with other students organisations within our university. Together, we made a list of ideas : canine Distemper, rabies, Leptospirosis in cattle causing icteric abortion, diseases transmitted by bats, translocations, zoonotic diseases tranmitted by exotic pets, tuberculosis and many more…

 

  • We created a facebook public page by wich we introduce the EWDA, inform students of our activities, show various current subjects about public health issues/conservation medecine/job and externship opportunities. EWDA Belgium currently counts 79 members

 

  • The EWDA presentation has been made at several meetings of other students organisations (notably at a congress about exotic pets and wildlife medecine).

 

  • A future course on livestock management in developping countries is about to start in september in collaboration with the tropical veterinary institute at Liège university and vetosud (the student section of VSF, vétérinaire sans frontière). A series of open lectures will be organised and we managed to get an approach on the wildlife-lifestock-human interface in partnership with the EWDA.

 

 

  • We also started the recruitment of people interested to implicate themselves in the association.

 

Kind regards,

Amaury Van Goethem and Samuel Kalpers