Course code NOVA-301

NOVA-301 Nordic Zoo, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .

ECTS credits: 6
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

E- learning module: summer 2018 (June-July)

On-site course: 6-17 August 2018

Course frequency: The course run in 2017 was part of a NOVA course series. The course will be held as a NOVA course in 2018.
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Course contents:
The NOVA intensive MSc course on Nordic Zoo, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine (CM) is a collaboration between the Nordic veterinary educations. It aims at introducing students to the skills and knowledge required of veterinarians and other relevant natural and health science professions in order to meet challenges of the many infectious diseases that are transmitted between wildlife species and domestic animals and humans, and that, in many cases, have wildlife species as the reservoir. The preliminary work involves an introduction and subsequent grouping of students in 6 "ecosystem groups": High arctic, Arctic, Boreal, Forest, Coastal and Marine. This is followed by the main e-learning content: 4 sessions on Conservation Medicine, Infectious disease ecology, wildlife pathology and anaesthesia / immobilisation, respectively. Students work both individually and in their eco-group with: scientific literature, on-line discussions and tests, written group assignments and production of YouTube-videos presenting their respective ecosystem and the related conservation medicine challenges. The on-site module runs over 11 days. The following topics will be addressed: Introduction to conservation medicine, (2) Ecosystem health, including threatened species, interfaces between wildlife, human and environmental health, climate changes, environmental (artic) toxicology and antibiotic resistance; (3) Zoonosis, infectious diseases and disease surveillance in wildlife; (4) Wildlife handling, capturing and immobilization; (5) Wildlife pathology, and (6) Conclusion of course including students' presentations of their learning outcomes and assessment.
Learning outcome:
  • Define CM in relation to human, animal and environmental health
  • Identify diseases in Nordic wildlife and animal species important in Nordic CM
  • Explain how a CM approach can be applied in a range of practical situations, eg handling of environmental problems with toxics and antibiotics/ anthelmintics

Skills:

  • Perform simple field necropsy and tissue sampling for wildlife diagnostics and surveillance
  • Write protocols and prepare for working with wildlife, including human safety, laws and regulations
  • Organize basic trapping/immobilization, incl. animal handling, anaesthesia, drug delivery and monitoring
  • Communicate efficiently both orally, in writing and by video using ICT with an international group of colleagues (fellow students) in order to solve complex problems
Learning activities:
Teaching occurs through a variety of platforms, including; lectures, practical exercises, field work, group work and group assignments, group presentations and panel discussions.
Syllabus:
The students will receive the reading list in due time.
Recommended prerequisites:
BSc degree in veterinary medicine, biology, animal science or medicine or equivalent. The teaching is based on the knowledge of general pathology and pharmacology of a veterinary bachelor, however the on - line pre-course makes it possible for Master's students without a veterinary background to obtain the necessary knowledge to fully profit from the on-site course. It is VERY important that Master students of Biology and Animal Science are also admitted into the course as the transdisciplinary aspect is vital for One Health.
Mandatory activity:
Participation in the e-learning module and on the on-site course.
Assessment:
The students groups must create a youtube video about their ecosystem and its threats through the preliminary course. This is presented on the first day of the on-site course and will be assessed. The on-site assessment is the creation of a research project, which is presented and marked on the final day.
Nominal workload:
  • On-line preparatory course (approximately 2.5 ECTS study load): Estimated 40 hours directed e-learning (individual & group assignments) and 35 hours independent work (reading, information search)
  • On-site course, 11 days (approximately 3.5 ECTS):
    • 35 hours lecture
    • 25 hours group work
    • 20 hours of practical exercises
    • 20 hours of excursions
    • 10 hours of panel discussions
    • Total = 110 hours
Entrance requirements:
BSc degree in veterinary medicine, biology, animal science or medicine or equivalent. The teaching is based on the knowledge of general pathology and pharmacology of a veterinary bachelor, however the on - line pre-course makes it possible for Master's students without a veterinary background to obtain the necessary knowledge to fully profit from the on-site course. It is VERY important that Master students of Biology and Animal Science are also admitted into the course as the transdisciplinary aspect is vital for One Health.
Type of course:

Estimated 40 hours directed e-learning (individual & group assignments)

On-site course:

  • 35 hours lecture
  • 25 hours group work
  • 20 hours of practical exercises
  • 20 hours of excursions
  • 10 hours of panel discussions
  • Total = 110 hours
Note:

This course is a joint Nordic NOVA Master's course organised by John Debenham, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, NMBU. Teachers from NMBU, the University of Helsinki, Aarhus University, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Tromsø and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute teach on the course.

Please see the course description on NOVA's website for more information on the course:

https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/msc-courses/msc-2018/node/33560

Examiner:
Examination details: Continous Exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått