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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2006

Authors: Frölich, K; Grabitzky, SE; Walzer, C; Delahay, RJ; Dorrestein, GM; Hatt, JM

Title: Zoo and wildlife medical education: a European perspective.

Source: J Vet Med Educ. 2006; 33(3):401-407

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Walzer Christian

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology

Europe has a long and distinguished history in veterinary science and education, and it was here that the first professional investigations of pathological conditions in zoo animals took place. However, despite an increasing number of veterinarians working with wildlife, education in zoological and wildlife medicine has only recently become part of formal veterinary training at the undergraduate level. Consequently, current educational opportunities in zoological and wildlife medicine vary widely throughout Europe, both in availability and in composition. The need to establish agreed standards in education across Europe and to foster the mobility of students and teaching staff are reflected by international agreements such as the Bologna Treaty and the ERASMUS-SOCRATES program. Europe is also home to a number of voluntary professional organizations, such as the European Wildlife Disease Association and the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, that actively promote the inclusion of zoological and wildlife medicine in veterinary education. Zoo and wildlife medicine is currently a veterinary specialization in Europe, but educational opportunities are likely to increase in availability in the future.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Animals, Wild*
Animals, Zoo*
Education, Continuing
Education, Graduate
Education, Veterinary/standards*
Education, Veterinary/trends
Veterinary Medicine/standards*

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