Is COVID-19 changing the way you spend time outdoors? Does that increase the risk of exposure of you, your family, or dogs to ticks or tick-borne diseases?

You are invited by researchers at The University of Georgia, Hollins University, Duke University, Clemson University, and the University of Rhode Island to participate in a research study entitled “Investigating COVID-19 impacts on the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases in people and pets”.

The purpose of this study is to determine if COVID-19 restrictions on society have had an effect on the time that people or their pets spend outdoors and if this change is associated with an increased risk of exposure to ticks or tick-borne diseases.

Any person who is 18 or older and a resident of the United States or Canada is eligible to participate.

Your participation will involve filling out a short survey that should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time (or less if you do not have children and/or dogs).

Please click here to access the survey or paste this link in your browser –  https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kctqb7neC2Pyvj

Also, please share this survey with anybody that you think would be willing to complete the survey.

We greatly appreciate your participation in this study. If you have any questions about this research project, please contact the study supervisor, Dr. Michael Yabsley, at myabsley@uga.edu.

Veterinary Internship Opportunity at Wildlife Center in Costa Rica…

Rescate Animal Zooave is a wildlife rescue center, sanctuary and conservation breeding center in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Over 2700 animals were admitted to the rescue center in 2019. They have a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, veterinary clinic, and full-time veterinarian. They are offering veterinary internships whereby interns are provided accommodation and meals at the rescue center and work directly with the rescue team. For more information, visit their website.

Graduate Research Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Idaho…

The University of Idaho is seeking a graduate student (MS or PhD) to support research on the ecology of moose in Idaho as part of a comprehensive research program initiated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to understand factors contributing to population declines. Start date is Spring or Summer 2020 and application review begins February 1, 2020. For more information, click here.

New Strategic Plan for the USGS National Wildlife Health Center

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center has adopted a new strategic science plan to guide our efforts to advance wildlife health for the next five years. The strategic plan includes three initiatives that will help us work collectively to realize our new mission: advancing wildlife health science for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment. The plan is intended to be solutions focused and innovative to address complex problems impacting wildlife health. As we work toward implementing the strategic initiatives described in the plan, we look forward to working collaboratively with you, our partners, to advance wildlife health.

Click here for an executive summary of the strategic plan.

Upcoming Application Deadline for Internship at Tufts Wildlife Clinic…

The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers two paid post-DVM internships in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at Tufts Wildlife Clinic, housed in the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building on Cummings School’s North Grafton, MA campus.  

The Clinic serves the six New England states and provides diagnostic, surgical, and professional services for the diverse wildlife species native to New England. The application deadline is October 25, 2019. For more details, click here.

Upcoming ACZM Exam Preparation and Study Course, Plus Round Table Discussion…

The ACZM Exam Preparation and Study Course will be held the weekend before the AAZV conference on Saturday, September 28 (8am – 5pm) and Sunday, September 29 (8am – 1pm).

Additionally, on Sunday, September 29 (11:30am – 12:30pm) there will be a 1-hour round table discussion entitled: “Mentor-Mentee Round Table Discussion: Debunking ACZM Exam Myths”. This was created based on years of feedback (concerns/complaints/questions) the Exam committee received about the exam and the studying process.

Remote access is an option for those not attending the conference. Click here for more details.