16th February (By Somesh Singh)

After the comprehensive and interactive talks of Dr. Tony Sainsbury (TS), ZSL on Disease Outbreak Investigation and Dr. Neil Anderson’s (NA), UoE on application of innovative and alternative technologies; spatial analysis of the outbreak using Geographical Information System, I was keen to understand the innovations in epizootiological aspect of Wildlife-Livestock-Human Interface, and hands on recent advances in necropsy techniques and diagnostic samplings.

The day 12, dated Feb.16th, 2017 started with a session by NA revealing manifolds on disease epizootiology arising from Wildlife-Livestock-Human Interface; followed by a visit to Pandupole Temple, STR for field workouts. Meanwhile, carcass of a Sambar deer (Cervus unicolor) was spotted by tiger monitoring team near Pandupole Temple.

We were accompanied by TS, NA and Ms Alexandra Thomas (AT) in the field. The field techniques exhibited by experts pertaining to interface studies, necropsy, sampling and bio-security measures were highly professional and admirable. It was a great experience working with the learned faculty especially Dr Tony Sainsbury. Though I had a bit experience with Indian wildlife professionals; it was impressive to interact, work and learn together with the group colleagues Rebecca Amos (RA), U.K. and Caroline Asiimwe (CA), Uganda who despite my long association with wildlife health could add a lot in the knowledge arena.

The ‘Interventions in Wild Animal Health’ programme has not only widen my knowledge horizon but also paved a way for inter-institutional collaborations in future.  I look forward to avenues to work with the wildlife health professionals like TS, NA, AT, RA and CA, for the cause of wildlife conservation across the world. May God bless us all