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Learning About Populations Through Individuals
Karra Pierce, DVM & Ernesto Dominguez, DVM, DACVPM
Wildlife Center of Virginia, VA
Wildlife patients presented daily afford a unique glimpse into the world in which they live. They can provide an abundance of data to give insight into population health and emerging disease. This lecture includes discussion of research and data collection projects in which the Wildlife Center of Virginia is currently engaged and discusses how these projects contribute to our understanding of population health. We encourage all in attendance to endeavor to participate in research-related partnerships and discuss the basic skills and supplies needed to begin.
The Usefulness of Data: Retrospective Study Development
Sarah Reich, DVM
Willowbrook Wildlife Center, IL
Thorough record keeping is a hallmark (and often requirement) of a successful facility, whether a veterinary practice, rehabilitation center, or individual rehabilitator. Records create an invaluable pool of data to develop retrospective studies. Studies can aid in the development of operational protocols, prognostic indicators for various species, or even just an understanding of what wildlife present for rehabilitation. Discussion includes several retrospective studies completed at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.
Tolerance Roundtable - Cormies & Snakes & Skunks, Oh My!
Using Psychology to Foster Tolerance
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas A&M University, TX
Whether we answer wildlife hotlines, conduct public education programs, or simply interact with concerned citizens who have rescued animals, all of us regularly engage in the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict. The strategies we use to promote peaceful co-existence with our wildlife neighbors can be strengthened by employing psychological theory. This roundtable discussion reviews how Bruskotter & Wilson’s tolerance model for large carnivores can be adapted for all wildlife species and fosters an open discussion of what methods work (or don’t work) to satisfy each component of the model for any type of wildlife messaging.