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Postgraduate veterinary training in conservation medicine: An interdisciplinary program at Murdoch University, Australia

Warren, K. (2006) Postgraduate veterinary training in conservation medicine: An interdisciplinary program at Murdoch University, Australia. EcoHealth, 3 (1). pp. 57-65.

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Abstract

Although many veterinarians in Australia have been interested in wildlife conservation, the concept of active and worthwhile involvement in biodiversity conservation has often seemed difficult to achieve. There are many boundaries which may hinder the ability of veterinarians to contribute effectively to wildlife conservation initiatives. This article discusses postgraduate veterinary educational initiatives at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, which aim to train veterinarians to effectively participate in biodiversity conservation programs. The Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Conservation Medicine have a flexible program structure and can be undertaken entirely by distance education. Their establishment required the removal of disciplinary, institutional, cultural, experiential, and professional development boundaries, which have traditionally impeded veterinary involvement in wildlife conservation projects. The programs have proven to be very successful and have attracted students across Australia and internationally. The strong commitment of Murdoch University to interdisciplinary study and distance education, the goodwill of staff from other divisions within the university, and enthusiastic support from collaborating institutions were critical for the development and establishment of the programs.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Copyright: © 2006 EcoHealth Journal Consortium.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3641
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