Veterinary Zoo & Wildlife Course
The course will start on Monday the 30th of January 2023 and will continue till Sunday the 26th of February 2023. Course registration will start on January the 12th for both students and professionals, at 18:00 and is possible with this link https://forms.gle/mgEawcgesbp9DMFV6.
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.