Ecosystem health as a clinical rotation for senior ...
|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|
|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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