Ecosystem health as a clinical rotation for senior ...

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Title Ecosystem health as a clinical rotation for senior students in Canadian veterinary schools
Author(s) C. Ribble, B. Hunter, N. Lariviere, D. Belanger, G. Wobeser, Pierre Y. Daoust, T. Leighton, D. Waltner-Toews, T. Jeffery Davidson, Elizabeth Spangler, O. Nielsen
Journal The Canadian Veterinary Journal. La Revue Veterinaire Canadienne
Date 1997
Volume 38
Issue 8
Start page 485
End page 490
Abstract We describe 4 years of an experimental rotation in ecosystem health offered to senior veterinary students in Canada. Faculty from the 4 Canadian veterinary colleges collaborated in offering the rotation once annually at 1 of the colleges. The 1st rotation was held in Guelph in 1993, followed in successive years by rotations at Saskatoon, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Charlottetown. The rotation is a predominantly field-based experience that allows students to work with veterinary and other role models who are actively engaged in clinical research related to ecosystem health. Five specific field studies that worked particularly well during the rotations are presented. These studies involved investigating mortality in wildlife due to botulism, designing an environmental surveillance system around herds of beef cattle, using belugas to evaluate the health of the St. Lawrence River, dealing with competition for water use by aquaculture and agriculture, and exploring the role of veterinarians during major coastal oil spills. The experience has resulted in our developing the subject matter, field examples, teaching approach, and confidence necessary to make ecosystem health the focus of a productive clinical rotation for senior year veterinary students.

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