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.

ACZM Survey…

The American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is conducting a survey of wildlife veterinarians to try to determine how to encourage more wildlife veterinarians to consider sitting for the certification examination.  The survey can be found at the following URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7K8Q3FT. If you choose to participate, please do so by March 25, 2019.  Thank you in advance for your participation; your thoughts and opinions are valuable to the ACZM!