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NOVA Master's Course "Nordic Zoo, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine - A One Health Approach" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 6-17 Aug. 2018 in Tangen Zoo, Norway.
Deadline for applications: 1 Apr. 2018.

The course is of 6 ECTS and is organised by Ass. Prof. John Debenham, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

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Course Description
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 (Arctic) 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.

Programme Outline

  1. Preparatory e-learning module in June-July
  2. 11 days on-site field module in Norway in beginning of August

Main Teachers

  • Ass. Prof. John Debenham, NMBU
  • Prof. Lucy Robertson, NMBU
  • Ass. Prof. Peter Holm, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof. Christian Sonne, Aarhus University
  • Adj. Prof. Mads Bertelsen, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof. Morten Tryland, University of Trømsø
  • Ass. Prof. Juha Laakkonen, University of Helsinki
  • Dr. Carlos Das Neves, Norwegian Veterinary Institute
  • Dr. Knut Madslien, Norwegian Veterinary Institute

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 9. February 2018 - 11:40 - Updated 3. April 2018 - 14:49