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Tuesday, May 24 • 16:00 - 16:30
Veterinary education in wildlife and conservation medicine in Australasia

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Veterinarians in practice and veterinary students are increasingly aware of the need to manage wildlife health at the individual level and at the population level for conservation outcomes, as well as emerging zoonotic diseases and biosecurity. Are we meeting these needs in the curricula of veterinary schools in Australia? For example, The AVA 2014 work survey shows 20.2% of all veterinarians work in some capacity with wildlife, birds and reptiles (c.f. dairy 2.6%, beef 4.8%, equine 6.5%). Given this comparatively extensive exposure to wildlife in practice, the ethical requirement to provide effective first aid for all species and considering future work opportunities are we providing veterinary students and veterinarians with a balanced training in wildlife health and conservation medicine? This presentation will discuss the present state of wildlife health and conservation medicine veterinary education in Australia, at both undergraduate and post graduate level, and what we may need to consider to give our graduates more work opportunities in the future.

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Dr Wayne Boardman

Wayne Boardman, a Senior Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine and Veterinary biosecurity at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences on the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide, is a wildlife veterinarian and dedicated conservationist who has worked in the... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre