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Veterinary Advisors to Conservation Programmes

EAZWV members provide expert support to a wide range of wildlife conservation projects including providing clinical services to free ranging or captive wildlife, advising on husbandry and management, contributing to policy development or undertaking research. 

Veterinary support to is facilitated by EAZWV through its work with EAZA. EAZA coordinates the management of captive breeding programmes in Europe as part of a wider global initiative. Part of this work involves undertaking research and providing guidelines for the most effective management of these species. Programme/TAG Veterinary Advisors colate information on the health of the species they cover and provides health management guidelines.





The Veterinary Advisor Role was last reviewed in 2013 and is listed here:

  1. Be appointed by the TAG, EEP or ESB, whenever relevant based on the advice of EAZWV and/or the EAZA Veterinary Committee.

  2. Have full support of the institution to perform the necessary duties as Veterinary Advisor to the TAG/EEP/ESB species/taxa.

  3. Identify and review the major medical problems of the species/taxa and recommend principles and procedures of diagnostic evaluation, therapeutic protocols, and preventative measures. 

  4. Recommend disease monitoring and surveillance programs as necessary   

  5. In conjunction with the EEP/ESB/TAG coordinator and Nutrition Advisors, review unique husbandry and/or nutrition requirements. The Veterinary Advisor should review or write the veterinary part of husbandry guidelines for the specific species/taxa and participate in the development and distribution of medical and necropsy protocols through the species/taxa husbandry manual, studbook, etc.  Veterinary protocols should include:

    • Transportation (pre-shipment protocols, between institutions and/or for translocation and/or for reintroduction)

    • Quarantine

    • Preventative medicine such as vaccinations and parasite surveillance/treatment recommendations  

    • Immobilization (recommended handling and/or anaesthetic techniques) 

    • Necropsy (in conjunction with the Pathology Advisor) 

    • Neonatal exams  

    • Zoonotic diseases diagnosis and necessary personal protective equipment for staff   

    • Veterinary procedures to enable identification methods   

  6. Be prepared to liaise with the respective Veterinary Advisors in other regions e.g. AZA. 

  7. Be able and prepared to occasionally travel to attend relevant meetings, particularly those focussing on husbandry and veterinary matters of the species/taxa in concern. 

EAZWV and EAZA work in partnership (via the EAZA veterinary committee) to indentify suitable Vet Advisors, support them in their work and help with dissemination of EAZA approved Veterinary Guidelines and Protocols to veterinary clinicians and animal managers. Some of these guidelines can be found here.

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