Hello Fellow Wildlife Enthusiasts,

My name is Chloe Pierce and I am a veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Growing up in Canada, I have always been fascinated with wildlife and hope to one day become a wildlife veterinarian. I also hold a BSc in Zoology from Aberystwyth University and a MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals from the RVC.

During my MSc research project, I was lucky enough to work at the Animal and Plant Health Agency in the lab responsible for passive rabies surveillance in bats. My project was looking for the presence of coronaviruses in the bat samples that were submitted to the program driven by the emergence of the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 2012. It was a fascinating opportunity to learn about the importance of effective wildlife disease surveillance for zoonotic and economic implications.

I would like to continue the hard work Stuart and Harriet have already done by promoting the EWDA Student Chapter to include all students interested in wildlife and conservation, such as biological/environmental/zoological students. I believe coming from both a biological and veterinary background I could help the two communities come together. I have enjoyed the various wildlife and zoological conferences and symposiums I have attended and am excited to take part in planning one for the EWDA. I hope to see you there!


Hi everyone,

My name is Anna and I am happy to be one of the three new country representatives for the UK. I am glad to work with Chloe and Isaac, as I don’t know if I would be able to put in enough time on my own. I am originally from Germany and did my undergrad in veterinary medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, taking what wildlife and exotics electives I could get into. After graduating in 2010 I did a doctorate focussing on stress and zoonotic disease in human-animal interactions with small ruminants, while working in a practice for horses and companion animals. But the idea of practicing medicine in a more population oriented way and of working with wildlife was still in the back of my mind. So when I discovered the option to do a Distance learning Master in conservation medicine at the University of Edinburgh, I immediately signed up. I also quit my job to travel and volunteer with wildlife and in zoos where I got the chance (for example Tanzania, Canada and New Zealand). While writing up my master thesis on population models in conservation medicine I briefly took a job as product manager for equine health products, which financed things like a course in wildlife immobilisation and going to conferences. Then I got lucky and got a scholarship for an amazing PhD project at the University of Edinburgh and moved to the UK in September 2016. I am now studying leprosy in red squirrels and also working on expanding my public engagement skills, as the subject needs such careful communication to avoid any reactions that could interfere with red squirrel conservation.  I am also volunteering with Edinburgh Zoo (every other Sunday) and once a month with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Never ask me about my research project, if you are not prepared to listen for at least 15 minutes – that is how excited I get about it. I love practical veterinary work (especially with wildlife, where it is often easier to just focus on the patient’s needs, not having to cater to owner wishes at the same time), but also the chance to hide in the lab or burry myself in books, and to get new perspectives on a problem. That’s where the transdisciplinary approach of conservation medicine appeals to me and I hope to share my enthusiasm about thinking outside the box with other students through EWDA. Beyond that I hope to be able to use my time as representative to help other students on their journey to starting a career in wildlife medicine, and help continue to create events where we can all get together and learn from each other as well as from established experts in the field of wildlife health. I am looking forward to the time ahead and hope to interact with many of you!


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.


An educational video by wildlife pathologist, Vic Simpson, of the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Truro, showing the protocol for performing a necropsy on a wild bird. Credits to Zoe Greatorex.

Dear members of the EWDA Student Chapter,

We are happy to announce the elections for the new EWDA Student Chapter Board!

The time has come to hand over our positions. We would like to thank all our Country Representatives, Student Chapter members and other enthusiastic & inspiring people we were lucky to have met during our time on the EWDA Student Board.


The EWDA Student Chapter Board seeks to promote shared knowledge between established researchers and wildlife disease students. One way of accomplishing this goal is by facilitating an international mentoring programme. The other main activity is the organisation of biennial Student Workshops to strengthen the scientific education of students working on diseases at the wildlife/domestic animal/human interface. Furthermore, the Board coordinates a broad network of country representatives in Europe who organise wildlife-related events on a regular basis. To promote the organisation of such events, country representatives of the EWDA Student Chapter can apply for a Small Grant.

Position descriptions


  • Student Representative on the EWDA Board;
  • Communication with advisor (Student Activities Coordinator of the EWDA Board);
  • Main responsibility for workshop programme: scheduling of presentations, creating proceedings;
  • 1/3 of fundraising for workshop;
  • 1/3 speaker invitations.

Workshop coordinator

  • Main responsibility for fundraising: coordination, bookkeeping, communication with EWDA treasurer etc.;
  • Communication with workshop location;
  • 1/3 of fundraising for workshop;
  • 1/3 speaker invitations.

Communication officer

  • Maintenance and update of website, Facebook page/group and Twitter account;
  • Coordination of country representative system and workshop awards;
  • Pre-workshop communication with students (e.g. opening of application round);
  • 1/3 of fundraising for workshop;
  • 1/3 speaker invitations.

The positions will be held for a period of two years (2017-2019). 

To apply:

  • Applicants must be paying members of the Wildlife Disease Association!
  • Send us a letter of motivation including the position you are applying for, your background in the field of wildlife diseases and your ideas, what you would like to do as a new member of the EWDA Student Board.
  • Application deadline is Thursday June 1st, 2017.

Don’t hesitate to send us any questions you may have to ewdastudent<at>!

The EWDA Student Board 2015-2017

It’s finally out!

The first application round of the AAZV/WDA mentoring program is now open. Are you interested in being a wildlife health mentor or a mentee? This is your chance! We are recruiting people to be mentors (this can also be residents and PhD candidates) as well as people who are interested in having mentors (undergrad/ postgraduate students, PhD candidates and interns/residents). You have to be a member of AAZV or WDA to be eligible as a Mentee. Click here for application details and guidelines .


ornitology workhop austria

Check out the upcoming Ornithology field trip, organised by our Austrian Country Rep Julian Keleş in collaboration with the Akademikergruppe Veterinärmedizin:

Who: Prof. Dr. Loupal, former Chair and honorary member of “BirdLife Austria” who has a special interest in ornithology and veterinary pathology.

Where: The Lobau (“Vienna’s Jungle”), Vienna

When: Saturday April 22, 2017. Meet at 9.00 AM to leave from Endstation, with Bus 26A (Kagran to Groß-Enzersdorf in 28 min). From there, it’s only a short drive. After an approximately 4 hour tour we will return to a restaurant in Mühlleiten and end the trip with some food and drinks.

Participants are asked to bring:
– weatherproof clothing
– binoculars
– something to drink
– money for food and drinks

We are looking for max. 15 enthusiastic participants and one to three vehicles. Details regarding the common outward/return journey will be announced after registration.

Registration deadline is Monday April 17, 2017.

To register please send and email to keles.julian<@> with:

Subject: “EWDA_LASTNAME_ExkursionSS2017”
First given name:
Course of studies:
Car available (Yes / No):
Would you like to go to the restaurant (Yes / No):
Phone number:

Looking forward to seeing you there!