The Zoological Society of London, The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and The University of Edinburgh have been motivated to run thisĀ course in recognition of the need to conserve globally important biodiversity and enormous natural values in South Asia and other biodiverse areas, which are nevertheless a hotspot for wildlife diseases and conflict. These wildlife diseases are relatively unstudied and unchecked, and ZSL, WII and The University of Edinburgh, with the support of the Thriplow Trust, recognise an important need for greater expertise in, and greater numbers of, wildlife health professionals to tackle them. Such wildlife health professionals are needed to undertake interventions in the health, welfare and conservation of wild animals, to investigate emerging infectious diseases and to ensure human well-being.

Therefore, ZSL and WII have planned a fieldĀ course in interventions in wildlife health as an integral component of the MVetSci Conservation Medicine to provide, particularly South Asian veterinarians and others, with an important practical element when they enrol for the online programme.