About the Course

Field Course: An Integral Component of MVetSci The University of Edinburgh

Optional year 2 (Diploma) Course: Interventions in Wild Animal Health

The Interventions Course will provide practical knowledge to complement the theoretical understanding gained from other courses of the online Conservation Medicine Cert/Dip MVetSci programme. Interventions are required to address human-wildlife conflict issues, to carry out effective metapopulation management through translocation, to reduce the risk from disease in reintroduction and translocation programmes, to carry out investigations in disease outbreaks in free-living wildlife and to understand the role of disease in the decline of species. Tuition will be carried out in the field to develop skills in human-wildlife conflict management, disease risk analysis and translocation techniques, disease outbreak investigation and the monitoring of the health of declining species and will include techniques for field monitoring of wildlife (using a range of techniques including animal tracks and signs, dung/pellet identification and quantification, census techniques, camera trapping, and radio telemetry), biological management, visual health monitoring of free-living animals, best practice in wild animal anaesthesia techniques, demonstration and hands-on practice, clinical examination in the field, sampling techniques for infectious disease screening, pathological examination in the field, and scanning disease surveillance scenarios.

Learning outcomes

1. To gain a critical awareness of the effects of interventions at the human-wildlife interface.

2. To develop a systematic understanding of the planning of, and field methods in, wildlife monitoring, biological management, and disease outbreak investigation

3. To gain a comprehensive understanding including new insights into disease risk management in translocation programmes

4. To gain a critical awareness of field methods to investigate the role of disease in the decline of species

5.  A comprehensive understanding of ex-situ medicine and management in the context of field interventions