The course is of 6 ECTS and is organised by John Debenham, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
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 on-site part of the courses will be held in a different Nordic country each year. In 2017, it is set in Tangen, Norway.
The course comprises 4-5 weeks of full time study divided into 2 modules: The preparatory e-learning module is spread over June-July. This involves an introduction and subsequent grouping of students in 4 “ecosystem groups”: Arctic, Boreal, 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. 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 in the beginning of August at Tangen Zoo, Norway. It runs over 2 weeks (incl. arrival and departure).
Students work alone and in groups producing portfolios comprising of study notes, written assignments, video documentations of fieldwork and reflections on learning outcomes
This advanced course will provide a framework in which to examine the connections between the condition of the planet and the health of all species with a focus on the challenges within the Nordic ecosystems. It will challenge students in the ecological sciences, health sciences and the natural sciences to think about new, collaborative ways to address ecological health. Understanding infectious and non-infectious diseases, pathogens, processes, impacts, and how to maintain healthy populations of species—and the ecosystem services the species provide—is the key to conservation.
Specifically, the following topics will be addressed through lectures, practical exercises, field assignments and excursions:
- Presentation of student produced YouTube videos and discussion of the learning outcomes from the on-line course module
- Introduction to conservation medicine, including definition of wildlife, animal welfare, wildlife diseases, threats to wildlife etc.
- Ecosystem health, including threatened species, interfaces between wildlife, human and environmental health, climate changes, environmental (artic) toxicology and antibiotic resistance
- Zoonosis, infectious diseases and disease surveillance in wildlife
- Wildlife handling, capturing and immobilization
- Wildlife pathology
- Conclusion of course including students' presentations of their learning outcomes and assessment
- Peter Holm, DVM, Ph.D., Ass. prof., University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Christian Sonne, DVM, Ph.D., Dr.vet.med., Prof., Aarhus University
- Morten Tryland, DVM, Ph.D., Prof. University of Tromsø
- Åsa Fahlman, DVM., Ph.D.
- John Debenham, DVM, Lecturer, NMBU
- Knut Madslien, DVM, Ph.D., Norwegian Veterinary Institute
Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here: