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Veterinary Zoo & Wildlife Course











The course material consists of 10 1-hour-long lectures, 7 factsheets, and 4 quizzes which total to 28 hours of course time spread over 4 weeks.  All of these materials will be available via the Ulearning platform of Utrecht University and every participant will have access to this platform. All the lectures are pre recorded and will be available on the platform to watch at your leisure. At the end of every week, there will be a 30-question quiz about the content you learned that week with the purpose of testing your knowledge for yourself. The quizzes will open at 9 AM every Friday and will close the following Sunday evening. 

10 lectures have the following subjects:

Week 1: Introduction into zoo and wildlife

  • Lecture 1: Evolution and Special Adaptations by Myrte Huijskens

  • Lecture 2: Pathology in Zoo and Wildlife Setting – mammals by Jooske IJzer 


Week 2: Zoo medicine

  • Lecture 3: Breeding Programs, Reproduction and Welfare by Linda-Bruins van Sonsbeek

  • Lecture 4: Zoo Surgeries and Anesthesia by Endre Sos

  • Lecture 5: Pathology Cases by Carlos Rodriguez

Week 3: Wildlife medicine

  • Lecture 6: Capture and Relocation by Ulf Tubessing and Mariska Bijsterbosch

  • Lecture 7: Wildlife Crime and Treatment by Joost Philippa


Week 4: Challenges

  • Lecture 8: Wildlife Toxicology by Anne Fleur Brand

  • Lecture 9: Zoonoses in zoos by Jan Bos (to be confirmed)

  • Lecture 10: Challenges of Zoo and Wildlife veterinarians by Katja Koepel 


Every week there will also be factsheets made available. These factsheets are between 5 and 7 pages and consist of information about a specific species or species group. Approximately 2 hours are needed to study each factsheet in preparation for the weekly quiz. The course consists of 7 factsheets which makes this approximately 14 hours of factsheet studying spread out over 4 weeks. The factsheets contain information about the general physiology of the species (ex. heart rate and breathing frequencies), general species information (ex. habitat and life expectancy), and survival adaptations. Further veterinary information about immobilization, translocation, anesthesia, zookeeping, and important diseases are also included. 

The cost for this course will be €‎150 for professionals and €‎25 for students. For course participation and completion, professionals can earn CPD and PE points while students can earn CS points. 

A few of the developers of the course from left to right

Elja Jeunink, Marleen Wolters, Jennifer van Alphen, Guus Hulshof, Aimee Sardijo-Brouwer

Willemijn Dinklo, Lotte Stikvoort, Robin Sommeling, Rens Lindeboom, Anna Wittenberg

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