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, M. Lariviere, D. Belanger, G. Wobeser, Pierre Y. Daoust, T. Leighton, D. Waltner Toews, T. Jeffery Davidson, Elizabeth Spangler, O. Nielsen
Journal Ecosystem Health
Date 1999
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 118
End page 124
Abstract This report describes the first 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 one of the colleges. The first rotation was held in Guelph, Ontario, in 1993, followed in successive years by rotations at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. 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 rotation was very successful..

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