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                          Walzer, Christian, Dipl.ECZM Univ.-Prof.
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Medicine
Savoyenstraße 1
1160 Wien

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Curr. Vitae

2017 Exec. Director Wildlife Health Wildlife Conservation Society
2009 Dipl. ECZM (wildl. pop. health)
2005 University Professor, Chair for Zoological Medicine and In-situ Conservation
2003 -2003 Univ. Doz. Habilitation in zoo and wildlife medicine
1999 Director of Science - International Takhi Group; Zurich, Switzerland
1993 -2005 Co-director (as of 01.01.1997), head veterinarian, staff researcherEdit Salzburg Zoo Hellbrunn; Salzburg, Austria Responsible for veterinary department – regional primary and referal service for wildlife and exotic animals. Management animal programs – curator function. Responsible for research and conservation programs, management breeding programs (EEP, TAG, EAZA). Enclosure design and development. External fundraising (research grants, sponsors) Personnel management and training.
1989 -1993 Dr. med. vet
1989 -1993 Herberstein Wild Animal Park; St .Johann/Herberstein, Austria Contract-veterinarian Responsible for animal health, supporting function in animal collection management. Development of master plan.
1989 -1993 Private Veterinary Practice Kaindorf bei Hartberg, Styria, Austria Partner mixed animal practice - small animal hospital with two employees. State meat inspector.
1981 -1989 Dipl. Tzt.


2012 Distinguished Environmentalist Award by the Mongolian Ministry of Nature and Environment for contributions to the conservation of Mongolia's rare and endangered species
2006 “Science Communication Prize” for the Asiatic wildass project by the Austrian Science Foundation
1994 CA-Rilke Prize
1993 Karl Pfizer Prize

Appointments/Memberships in Professional Societies

2013 -2018 § 36 Kommission für Tierversuchsangelegenheiten
2012 - Tierschutzgremiums, Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften der Universität Wien
2011 - Bundesministerium für Gesundheit - OIE focal point for wildlife
2009 - IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group (WHSG)
2009 - IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG)
2006 - Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Tiergarten Schönbrunn
Scientific Advisory Board
1999 - International Takhi Gruppe
Scientific Advisory Board
1998 -2008 Europäische Gesellschaft der Zoo - und Wildtierärzte (EAZWV)
Advisory Board

Editorial board appointments for scientific journals

2017 - Frontiers in Veterinary Science: Academic Editor

Reviewer for scientific journals

  • Behavioural Processes.
  • Biological Conservation.
  • European Journal of Wildlife Research.
  • Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
  • Journal of Applied Ecology.
  • Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  • Mammal Review.
  • Mammalian Biology.
  • Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences.
  • Parasitology Research.
  • PLoS One.
  • Scientific Reports.
  • Tierärztliche Praxis, Ausgabe K, Kleintiere, Heimtiere.
  • Ursus.
  • Veterinary Journal.
  • Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound.
  • Wiener Tierärztliche Monatsschrift.
  • Zoo Biology.
  • Reviewer/Expert funding organizations

    2012 - Wildlife Conservation Society - United States
    2015 - Österreichischer Austauschdienst GmbH - Austria

    Organizer of scientific conferences, Chairs

    2021 MOUNTAIN BIODIVERSITY DAY One voice to protect Mountains, Wildlife and People in times of global change
    2019 Capture and Handling Wildlife
    2015 Advanced Anaesthesia
    2014 Advanced Anaesthesia
    2013 Radio Tracking Gorillas - a hands-on workshop
    2013 Expeditionary wildlife capture and telemetry
    2013 1st International Conference on Avian, Herpetological and Exotic Mammal Medicine
    Member of scientific advisory board
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